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Judge rejects Facebook request to dismiss FTC antitrust lawsuit


A federal judge has ruled that the FTC can proceed with its revised antitrust case against Facebook. The judge dismissed Facebook’s request to drop the case, writing: “Although the agency may face a daunting task in the future to prove its claims, the court finds that it has now lifted the bar. pleading and may proceed to discovery. “

the the Wall Street newspaper reports that a federal judge has ruled that the FTC can pursue its revised antitrust case against Facebook (now Meta Platforms Inc.) which alleges the company is abusing its monopoly position on social media. The judge denied Facebook’s request to dismiss the amended lawsuit.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. (Pool / Getty)

US District Judge James Boasberg said in a 48-page opinion: “While the agency may well face a daunting task in the future to prove its claims, the court finds it has now raised the bar of pleading and can proceed to the discovery. “

The FTC filed its antitrust case against Facebook in late 2020, but Judge Boasberg dismissed the lawsuit last June on the grounds that it did not offer sufficient evidence that the social media giant had engaged in a illegal monopolization.

The FTC has since responded with a revised complaint offering more detailed allegations against Facebook. On Tuesday, the judge ruled that the FTC can now follow up on its main claim that Facebook illegally took out the competition by buying rival companies, including the messaging platform WhatsApp and the image-sharing website Instagram.

Read more at the Wall Street newspaper here.

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