48 States Attraction Antitrust Case In opposition to Fb
The attorney general is appealing the dismissal of their antitrust complaint against Facebook by a federal judge.
The complaint, filed Wednesday by 48 attorneys general and chaired by New York attorney general Letitia James, was dismissed in June along with a complaint from the Federal Trade Commission. The attorneys general alleged Facebook illegally maintained a social media monopoly by taking over smaller competitors and preventing other platforms from working with its software.
“We appealed because we disagree with the court’s decision and have to hold Facebook accountable for suppressing competition, reducing innovation and restricting data protection. We can no longer allow Facebook to profit from the exploitation of consumer data, “James said in a statement to the news organization The Hill.
U.S. District Court judge James E. Boasberg dismissed the states’ lawsuit on the grounds that the alleged anti-competitive behavior, specifically Facebook’s takeover of WhatsApp and Instagram, took place several years before the lawsuit was filed. Boasberg also noted that Facebook’s policy preventing platforms from operating with its software is not illegal.
JUST IN: 48 attorneys general are appealing the dismissal of their # Facebook monopoly lawsuit to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. (Remember @FTC’s appeal was also dismissed by the DC District Court, but they can file an amended one until Aug 19th?) #Antitrust pic.twitter.com/3gh5IbHIls
– Khushita Vasant (hKhushitaVasant) July 28, 2021
“We believe the district court’s decision to dismiss the state’s lawsuit is correct and we look forward to defending the district court’s decision in the appeals court,” a Facebook spokesman said in a statement to The Hill.
The Federal Trade Commission’s complaint against Facebook, which was also dismissed by Boasberg, can be re-submitted until August 19. Boasberg had dismissed this complaint due to the FTC’s inability to prove the market on which Facebook held a monopoly and the technology giant’s market share.
The two complaints against Facebook are examples of a spate of anti-monopoly activity by states, lawmakers and antitrust authorities against large technology companies.
Google faces a Department of Justice lawsuit, another multiple state lawsuit alleging that Google has a monopoly on digital advertising, and an additional complaint filed by states earlier this month over alleged anti-competitive practices on the Google Play Store.
Six bills tabled by the House Judiciary Committee in June target the alleged monopoly practices of big tech by preventing platforms like Google and Facebook from preferring their own services and forcing companies to collaborate with competitors.
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