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U.S. government, states launch antitrust lawsuits against Facebook

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission would sue Facebook before the end of the year for possible monopoly practices that would be detrimental to free competition in the market.


 The lawsuit against Facebook for alleged monopoly would be led by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Photo: Credit:
Facebook would face, before the end of the current year, a new legal mess on account of alleged monopoly practices in the market, the Wall Street Journal recently revealed.


The lawsuit would be led by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, a government entity that has been conducting an investigation into Mark Zuckerberg's company for more than a year for not complying with antitrust regulations.


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The move would be taken in the face of "concerns that Facebook has been using its powerful market position to suppress competition,"the US media noted.


As part of alleged practices that impair free competition, Facebook would have to justify buying several of the competing apps or platforms in the past, such as Instagram or WhatsApp.


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Although the decision has not been upheld by the Federal Trade Commission, which may also decide not to implement it, the lawsuit is expected to be filed before the end of 2020, after the commissioners hold a vote within the entity.
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The news is known after several of the U.S. tech companies testified at an antitrust hearing before U.S. House congressmen last July.


On that occasion, representatives of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple,who responded to the concerns generated by the technological domination of these four companies and the possible negative effect this would have on the economic development of the United States.  


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Indeed, at the time, the chairman of the Antitrust Panel of the House Judiciary Committee, David Cicilline, assured that these companies will be instrumental in the U.S. economy recovering from the crisis generated by the coronavirus pandemic.


However, Cicilline added that, for this reason, it will be essential to pay attention to the movements of technology firms so that in the future "the development of the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem that has characterized the country is not prevented".




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