FTC Urges Courts Not To Dismiss Facebook Antitrust Case
The Federal Trade Commission has urged a federal judge in DC to reject Facebook’s request to dismiss the FTC’s high-stakes antitrust lawsuit. In a 56-page legal brief, the FTC reiterated its arguments that Facebook’s profits have come from years of anticompetitive conduct. From a report: “Facebook is one of the largest and most profitable companies in the history of the world,” the FTC wrote. “Facebook reaps massive profits from its [social networking] monopoly, not by offering a superior or more innovative product because it has, for nearly a decade, taken anticompetitive actions to neutralize, hinder, or deter would-be competitors.” The FTC’s case against Facebook focuses on two blockbuster acquisitions that Facebook made early in the last decade. In 2012, Facebook paid $1 billion for the fast-growing startup Instagram. While Instagram the company was still tiny — it had only about a dozen employees at the time of the acquisition — it had millions of users and was growing rapidly. Mark Zuckerberg realized it could grow into a serious rival for Facebook, and the FTC alleges Zuckerberg bought the company to prevent that from happening.

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