A United States judge on Monday rejected the two complaints filed against Facebook for alleged practices contrary to free competition, which gives the reason to the company in the demands of the Government and a coalition formed by several states.
In his brief, Judge James Boasberg considered that the Government’s demand didn’t have a strong enough case as if to accuse the social network company of abusing its strength in the market, contrary to what is established by law.
The complainant now has thirty days to modify the demand and resubmit it before the judge if it deems it pertinent.
Last December, both the Executive then led by Donald Trump, through the Federal Trade Commission (FTC, for its acronym in English), and a coalition made up of 46 states, both Democrats and Republicans, They formally accused Facebook of violating antitrust laws.
A few months later, in March, the company run by Mark Zuckerberg asked the Washington Court judge to dismiss the lawsuits, assuring that these ignored “completely the reality of the technology industry dynamic and highly competitive in which Facebook operates “.
Instagram and WhatsApp
At the center of the accusations is the acquisition by the company of its hitherto rivals Instagram and WhatsApp, in 2012 and 2014 respectively, and the complaints demanded that Facebook be forced to part with them, despite the fact that both operations received the go-ahead from the regulators at the time.
In its March briefs, the Menlo Park (California) firm recriminated precisely the plaintiffs who wanted to force the undoing of two acquisitions that had been previously approved, something for which, according to Facebook, there is no precedent.
In the specific case of the complaint filed by the coalition of states, Judge Boasberg justified his decision precisely because the events that were reported (the acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp) happened 9 and 7 years ago respectively, but the states had not denounced it until now.
Apart from Facebook, another internet giant, Google, is also litigating in the US courts three different lawsuits for alleged monopolistic practices (one presented by the Government and the other two, by different coalitions of states).