United States: the American competition authority will be able to sue Facebook

Facebook is regularly accused, like its neighbors in Silicon Valley, of having accumulated too much power, both economically, politically and socially.

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The FTC, the US competition authority, will be able to sue Facebook for abuse of a dominant position.

This is what a federal judge in Washington has just decided.

Bad news for META, the parent company of Facebook.

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In its complaint, the FTC argues that the internet giant illegally bought or buried the new innovators, to oust the competition.

Facebook has, in fact, bought WhatsApp messaging, for nearly $ 20 billion, as well as the Instagram photos application.

The social media market is now over 65% controlled by Facebook.

► To read also: The whistleblower Frances Haugen asks Congress to better regulate Facebook

The pressure is increasing against the Californian giant.

Her reputation deteriorated further in the fall, with the revelations of whistleblower

Frances Haugen

, a former engineer, who denounced before American and European parliamentarians, the group's hold on daily life.

Its applications are used every month by three and a half billion people around the world.

This lawsuit revives the debate on the dismantling of Facebook.

In the United States, from the Republican clan to the Democrats, this idea is gaining ground in the political class.

But Mark Zuckerberg's firm is always one step ahead and knows how to diversify.

Faced with the storm, Facebook launched last October the creation of the Metavers, a virtual reality universe.

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Metavers and virtual universes: what economic horizon?

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