UK antitrust regulator to launch probe against Facebook

To the point:

  • According to TOI, In the coming months, Britain’s competition regulator will launch an antitrust investigation into Facebook.
  • The Financial Times reported on Friday that similar actions were taken against Google and Apple earlier this year.

According to the Financial Times, Britain’s competition regulator is planning to launch an antitrust investigation into Facebook in the coming months, following similar investigations into Google and Apple earlier this year. According to people familiar with the situation, the Competition and Markets Authority will investigate how Facebook allegedly uses customer data against rivals in social media and online advertising.

The investigation is also likely to look at Facebook’s role as a “gatekeeper” for its ability to gather data from users in order to gain an advantage over competitors. A request for comment from Facebook was not answered. Meanwhile, in the United States, the Department of Justice accused Google of delaying the delivery of documents in preparation for a trial on antitrust charges, although the company said the government was being unreasonable. The Department of Justice said in a joint filing on Thursday that Google had blaked to use certain search terms that the government wanted it to use to find related documents.

Google reported that they had reviewed more than 12 million documents for the government’s case, and expressed concern about the increasing number of custodians whose documents were sought.

Source: TOI


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