Facebook once more asks decide to dismiss U.S. lawsuit to drive sale of Instagram, WhatsApp

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WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) requested a decide on Monday to dismiss the U.S. authorities’s revised antitrust case that seeks to drive the social media big to promote Instagram and WhatsApp after he threw out an earlier model in June.

Facebook mentioned in a courtroom submitting that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had failed to offer a “plausible factual basis for branding Facebook an unlawful monopolist.” The firm added it seems the FTC “had no basis for its naked allegation that Facebook has or had a monopoly.”

The FTC’s amended criticism filed in August including extra element on its accusation the social media firm crushed or purchased rivals and once more requested Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Boasberg dominated in June that the FTC’s authentic criticism filed in December failed to offer proof that Facebook had monopoly energy within the social-networking market. learn extra

The FTC argued at size in its revised criticism that Facebook dominates the U.S. private social networking market with greater than 65% of month-to-month energetic customers since 2012.

Facebook submitting mentioned the FTC’s criticism was “at odds with the commercial reality of intense competition with surging rivals like TikTok and scores of other attractive options for consumers.”

The FTC voted 3-2 alongside occasion strains in August to file the amended lawsuit and denied Facebook’s request that company chair Lina Khan be recused.

Facebook on Monday mentioned the courtroom ought to dismiss the criticism as a result of Khan’s “participation in the decision to file the (amended complaint) violates due process and federal ethics rules.” It referred to as the revised criticism “invalid” due to Khan’s failure to recuse herself.

An FTC spokesperson didn’t instantly remark.

The company additionally in August repeated its request {that a} courtroom order Facebook to promote Instagram, which it purchased in 2012 for $1 billion, and WhatsApp, which it purchased in 2014 for $19 billion.

“The FTC’s fictional market ignores the competitive reality: Facebook competes vigorously with TikTok, iMessage, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, YouTube, and countless others to help people share, connect, communicate or simply be entertained,” a Facebook spokesperson mentioned. “The FTC cannot credibly claim Facebook has monopoly power because no such power exists.”

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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