FTC sues Facebook to divest of WhatsApp and Instagram

The Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam filed long-expected lawsuits against Facebook, accusing it of unfairly stifling competition.

“For nearly a decade, Facebook has used its dominance and monopoly power to crush smaller rivals,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said. “Today, we are taking action to stand up for the millions of consumers and many small businesses that have been harmed by Facebook’s illegal behavior.”

The lawsuits argue that Facebook’s acquisitions of photo-sharing app Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp were done illegally. The attorneys general asked the federal court to step in and possibly order Facebook to spin off the formal rivals.

The FTC also is pushing for Facebook to divest from WhatsApp and Instagram.

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