Editor / Xia Junxiong
The local time on Tuesday (January 11), the US court dismissed the Facebook's demand, the company asked the judge to revoke the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against its antitrust lawsuit.
FTC has filed anti-monopoly lawsuits on Facebook in December 2020, but was rejected by judges in June 2021. Last August, after preparing more evidence, FTC filed a lawsuit again, accused Facebook acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp's behavior against anti-monopoly law, and asked the company to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.
As the world's largest social network company, Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 and acquired whatsapp in 2014.
For the anti-monopoly lawsuit against the FTC, Facebook applied to the Washington DC Federal Court to dismiss the government's request, but Jun James Boasberg said that the court would not easily conclusions on the FTC, but at the current motion dismissal stage, the court believes FTC's allegations are real and put forward reasonable relief requirements.
However, James Boasberg pointed out that FTC could not be accused of interoperability of Facebook restriction competitors App, because Facebook has given up these strategies even earlier in 2018.
Facebook Mother Meta responded that the company has confidence in court.
In addition, James Boasberg also supported a protocol of FTC, that is, the chairman of the agency, Lina Khan, does not need to avoid followboard litigation.
Facebook had proposed judicial avoidance requests, requiring Lina Khan to avoid the lawsuits related to the company, the reason is that Khan has issued the papers of Facebook, and also participated in the work of the House Anti-monopoly Group, which indicates that she prejudice to Facebook. However, the FTC dismissed the evading application of Facebook.
Boasberg explained this, although Khan expressed its view to Facebook monopoly, these views did not let her lose their qualifications for litigation based on personal hate or economic conflict.
LINA KHAN began to serve Chairman of FTC in June last year, in 2017, the Khan in Yale book has become a signature character in anti-monopoly. After obtaining the University of Colombia, she continued to be active in the antitrust field and participated in the anti-monopoly investigation of the US Senate Judicial Council.