Facebook antitrust lawsuit should be reinstated, US claims

Facebook, a company owned by Meta, is in another predicament as a number of US states on Monday asked an appeals court to reinstate an antitrust lawsuit against the social media platform. The argument from a group of US states, led by New York, highlighted the continuing harm of Facebook’s actions. The lawsuit was originally filed against Facebook in 2020, around the time the US Federal Trade Commission also sued the company. The FTC is still fighting the company and asking the court to order Facebook to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.

Meta’s Facebook, which is already facing antitrust lawsuit from the US FTC, may soon end up fighting another court case as a large group of US states, led by New York, asked a three-judge panel at the United States Court of Justice. Appeals for the District of Columbia to reinstate a lawsuit filed against the company in 2020. States do not include Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and South Dakota.

The FTC and the states are seeking an order for Facebook to sell Instagram and WhatsApp. The social media company bought Instagram in 2012 for a $1 billion (nearly Rs. 8,000 crore) deal, while WhatsApp was bought for $19 billion (nearly Rs. 1.51,400 crore) in 2014.

According to a Reuters report, Facebook lawyer Aaron Panner argued that the company’s policies regarding third-party apps have been widely publicized. Judge James Boasberg previously dismissed the States case in June 2021.

“We believe the District Court’s decision to dismiss the States’ complaint is correct and that there are no grounds to reverse this decision,” Meta spokesman Christopher Sgro said, according to a report by Bloomberg.


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