A federal judge has hunted the FTC’s initial antitrust complaint against Facebook, saying it was “legally insufficient.” While it’s a first win for Facebook, the FTC’s antitrust case against the company isn’t necessarily over. The judge noted that the FTC may file a modified complaint within the next 30 days.
But Judge James Boasberg said the FTC should provide more evidence to support its claims that Facebook has a monopoly. “The FTC has failed to invoke enough facts to plausibly establish a necessary element of all of its Section 2 claims – namely, that Facebook has the monopoly power in the Personal Social Networking (PSN) market.” , wrote Boasberg. “The complaint does not contain anything on this point, except the naked allegation that society has had and still has a dominant part of it.[at] market (more than 60%). “
Apart from that, Judge Boasberg also the antitrust lawsuit against Facebook filed by attorneys general from 48 states and territories. The lawsuits, filed alongside the FTC, say Facebook had illegally suffocated the competition. But the judge wrote that too much time had passed for the case to proceed.
The FTC and the states had filed antitrust charges against the company, saying the company had engaged in anti-competitive behavior in the acquisition of competitors such as WhatsApp and Instagram in an effort to neutralize companies it saw as a threat. The cases also cited Facebook’s dealings with competitors such as Snapchat and Vine.
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