Facebook, a company owned by Meta, finds itself in another hot spot as several US states on Monday asked an appeals court to reinstate an antitrust lawsuit against the social media platform. The argument from a group of US states, led by New York, has highlighted the continuing harm from Facebook’s actions. The lawsuit was initially filed against Facebook in 2020, around the time that the US Federal Trade Commission also sued the company. The FTC is still fighting the company and asking the court to order Facebook to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.
Meta’s Facebook, already facing an antitrust lawsuit from the US FTC, could soon end up fighting yet another legal case as a large group of US states, led by New York, requested a three-judge panel in the US Court of Justice appeals for the District of Columbia to reinstate a lawsuit filed against the company in 2020. The states do not include Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and South Dakota.
Both the FTC and the states are seeking an order for Facebook to sell Instagram and WhatsApp. The social media company bought Instagram in 2012 for a $1 billion (nearly Rs. 8,000 crore) deal, while WhatsApp was bought for $19 billion (nearly Rs. 1,51,400 crore) in 2014 .
According to a Reuters report, Facebook attorney Aaron Panner argued that the company’s policies regarding third-party apps have been well publicized. Judge James Boasberg had previously dismissed the states’ case in June 2021.
“We believe that the district court’s decision dismissing the states’ lawsuit is correct and that there is no reason to overturn that decision,” Meta spokesman Christopher Sgro said, according to a Bloomberg report.
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