US judge rejects Facebook bid to derail US antitrust suit

Judge James Bosberg’s ruling is a setback for Facebook, which faced renewed scrutiny last year (FILE)

San Francisco:

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that US regulators’ revamped antitrust case against Facebook could go ahead, saying the complaint was stronger and more detailed than the version denied last year.

The US Federal Trade Commission has accused the social media giant, which has named itself Meta, of having an illegal monopoly by acquiring potential competitors that are now like Instagram and WhatsApp.

Judge James Bosberg’s ruling is a setback for Facebook, which faced renewed scrutiny last year after a whistleblower leaked documents that showed officials knew teens were blocked from their services. , democracy and well being of users may be harmed.

The FTC “could face a lengthy task down the road in proving its charges,” but the case will not be dismissed, ruled Bosberg, who threw out the original lawsuit last year.

His decision, which declined to be pushed by Facebook on Tuesday, which did not respond to a request for comment, also dismissed the re-work complaint.

“The Commission continues to allege that Facebook has a long-standing monopoly in the market … and that it has illegally maintained that monopoly,” Bosberg wrote.

“The facts charged this time to strengthen those theories, however, are far stronger and more detailed than previously thought,” he said.

The judge also rejected Facebook’s argument that the case should be dismissed because the commission’s decision to amend and revise was motivated by prejudice against the company by FTC Chair Leena Khan.

The judge argued that he missed the controversy mark, as Khan is a prosecutor and not a judge bound by neutrality.

“Ultimately, whether the FTC will be able to prove its case and stand the summary judgment and trial,” the judge said in the ruling.

In the revised complaint, the FTC said that Facebook’s dominance is “protected by high barriers to entry,” and that “even an entrant with an improved product could face the enormous network effects achieved by an existing personal social network.” against may not succeed.”

The lawsuit, which could take years to go through the courts without a settlement, asks the court to order a “division of assets,” including WhatsApp and Instagram, to restore competition.

Bosberg said in his dismissal decision last year that the agency’s initial lawsuit lacked evidence, particularly in defining the market that Facebook was allegedly monopolizing.

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