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Technology Facebook can be sued for abuse of dominant position in social networks

12:00  12 january  2022
12:00  12 january  2022 Source:   challenges.fr

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The world’s leading social network has consistently dismissed monopoly accusations, arguing that consumers have a lot of choice over how to interact online. The GAFAMs (Google, Apple, Facebook , Amazon and Microsoft) are generally in the crosshairs of the American authorities, who suspect them of taking advantage of their dominant position to crush their competitors. The Department of Justice and eleven states have thus launched proceedings against Google in mid-October, accusing the group of abusing a quasi-hegemony with its search engine.

Facebook has yet to appear in court in a case brought by the American regulator FTC for abuse of power. The FTC accuses the tech company of maintaining an illegal monopoly in the social media market. The case was previously dismissed because the regulator had not presented sufficient evidence. A judge in Washington now finds the allegations “more forceful and detailed” and has rejected Facebook ’s request to dismiss the case.

Facebook pourra bien être poursuivi en justice pour abus de position dominante dans les réseaux sociaux © Edward Berthelot / Getty Images Facebook can be sued for abuse of dominant position in social networks The complaint filed by the Authority American competition was found to be admissible by a Washington Federal judge, while Facebook tried to invalidate the accusations of dominant position against him.

The pressure is accentuated on Facebook. The American Competition Authority (FTC) may continue the lawsuit, decided a judge Tuesday, January 11, a bad news for the social networking giant who had tried to invalidate the charges of dominant position. Washington James Boasberg's federal judge considered the new complaint filed by the FTC last August, after its first issue was dismissed by the same magistrate in June.

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The US competition authority (FTC) can sue Facebook , a judge ruled on Tuesday, bad news for the social media giant which had tried to overturn the dominant position accusations. In its complaint, the FTC maintains that Mark Zuckerberg’s group “illegally bought out or buried new innovators when their popularity became an existential threat”, referring to the Instagram app and WhatsApp messaging. It also argues that “personal social networks are a unique and distinct type of online service”, and a market controlled over 65% by Facebook , with its main platform and Instagram – thus a monopoly.

The US competition authority (FTC) can sue Facebook , a judge ruled on Tuesday, bad news for the social media giant which had tried to overturn the dominant position accusations. In its complaint, the FTC maintains that Mark Zuckerberg’s group “illegally bought out or buried new innovators when their popularity became an existential threat”, referring to the Instagram app and WhatsApp messaging. It also argues that “personal social networks are a unique and distinct type of online service”, and a market controlled over 65% by Facebook , with its main platform and Instagram – thus a monopoly.

The agency "had stumbled into the starting-blocks" during his first attempt, and she "will probably meet obstacles to prove his accusations," said the judge. But "the facts as presented this time (...) are stronger and detailed than before". His decision rejects META's request (the mother's mother of Facebook) to dismiss prosecution "without valid evidence", according to the Californian company.

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Facebook advancing that the President of the FTC, Lina Khan, is not neutral. But James Boasberg replied that she did not have to be as a prosecutor.

In its complaint, the FTC submits that the Mark Zuckerberg Group has "illegally redeemed or buried new innovators when their popularity became an existential threat", with reference to the instagram application and the WhatsApp messaging. It also argues that "personal social networks are a single and distinct online service type", and a controlled market at more than 65% per facebook, with its main platform and instagram - so a monopoly.

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The US competition authority (FTC) can sue Facebook , a judge ruled on Tuesday, bad news for the social media giant which had tried to overturn the dominant position accusations. This Washington federal judge, James Boasberg, ruled as admissible the new complaint filed by the FTC last August It also argues that “personal social networks are a unique and distinct type of online service”, and a market controlled over 65% by Facebook , with its main platform and Instagram – thus a monopoly. This is one of the most threatening issues for Meta, regularly accused, like its neighbors in Silicon Valley

Facebook Inc. was sued by U.S. antitrust officials and a coalition of states that want to break up the company by unwinding its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, deals the government says were part of a campaign to illegally crush competition. The FTC is taking on Facebook just as it’s coming off a stinging loss in a monopoly case brought against Qualcomm Inc. A federal appeals court in August ruled in favor of the chipmaker and reversed a lower-court decision that the company abused its dominant position in the market for cellphone chips.

This is one of the most threatening records for Meta, regularly accused, like its neighbors in Silicon Valley, to have accumulated much too much economic and social power.

Its reputation deteriorated again in the fall because of the revelations of an alert launcher, Frances Haugen, a former engineer who had born many internal documents. She hammered to the US Congress and in European parliaments that the firm to some 3.5 billion monthly users passed "profit before the security" of its users.

"It is impossible to say whether the FTC will be able to prove its allegations during the trial," said Judge Tuesday. Meta did not respond to a solicitation of AFP in the immediate future.

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