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Facebook Asks a Federal Court to Dismiss an FTC Lawsuit Over Its Instagram and WhatsApp Purchases

Facebook is again asking a federal court to throw out the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust lawsuit accusing the company of crushing its rivals, in the latest chapter of the company’s showdown with Washington critics.

“The case is entirely without legal or factual support. This is as true now as it was before,” Facebook said in a filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday.

The FTC first sued the social media giant in December, accusing it of both buying emerging rivals Instagram and WhatsApp to stave off competition and luring other up-and-coming companies with access to its platform and data and then cutting them off when they were successful enough to become threats. The agency says Facebook should be forced to sell or spin off those apps.

Read the source article at Wisconsin Public Radio

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