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US: FTC considers seeking injunction against Facebook over apps

 |  December 12, 2019

Federal officials are considering seeking a preliminary injunction against Facebook over antitrust concerns related to how its products interact, reported the Wall Street Journal.

According to the Journal f it materializes, the action by the Federal Trade Commission would focus on Facebook’s policies concerning how integrates its apps or allows them to work with potential rivals, these people said. Alongside its core social network, Facebook’s key products also include Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp.

The potential FTC action would likely seek to block Facebook from enforcing those policies on grounds that they are anticompetitive, the people said. An injunction could seek to bar Facebook from further integrating apps that federal regulators might look to unwind as part of a potential future breakup of the company, one of the people said.

A majority of the five-member FTC would be needed to seek an injunction, which the commission would need to file suit in federal court to obtain. 

Full Content: Wall Street Journal

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