The social media giant has long since integrated two of the most used applications in the world into its operations: Instagram and WhatsApp, which was created since the beginning of the last decade, when in 2012 Facebook acquired to the still incipient photo social network. Eight years later, as reported Reuters, Facebook has been sued for allegedly having applied a strategy of buy or bury to corner your competitors.
In this way, and if the lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission is successful, Facebook could be forced to sell WhatsApp and Instagram. With the filing of two identical lawsuits on December 9, the social network becomes the second major technology company to face a complex legal battle, after the Department of Justice sued Google two months ago.
Of the states as a whole, only a handful were excluded, resulting in forty-six who signed the lawsuit. Regarding this action, New York State Attorney Letitia James said: “For almost a decade, Facebook has used its position of dominance and monopoly power to crush considerably smaller rivals and wipe out competition, all at the expense of the daily users of this platform and its annexes ”.