Washington (AP) – Facebook is asking the federal court to dismiss an amended complaint against it by the Federal Trade Commission, arguing that the agency has not provided enough evidence to show that the company is a monopoly.
In a motion filed Monday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, Facebook said the FTC failed to prove it had a monopoly in the “personal social networking space” because there was no credible data to show the size of the market or Facebook. not available. share of.
“The FTC’s hypothetical market ignores competitive reality,” Facebook said in a statement. “The FTC cannot credibly claim that Facebook has monopoly power because no such power exists.”
The action was taken on the day Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms came to a standstill worldwide. A day earlier Facebook’s former product manager, whistleblower Frances Haugen went public on CBS’s “60 Minutes” program to discuss internal documents highlighting the company’s awareness of the damage caused by its products and decisions. .
A federal judge in June dismissed earlier antitrust lawsuits brought by the agency against Facebook and dismissed a broad coalition of state attorneys general seeking to rein in the tech titans’ market power as federal and federal judges. Those were among several efforts by state regulators.
The FTC’s new, revised complaint, filed in August, alleges that the social network giant adopted a laser-focused strategy to “buy or bury” rivals in order to suppress competition.
US District Judge James Bosberg ruled in June that the FTC’s original lawsuit was “legally inadequate” and did not provide sufficient evidence to prove that Facebook was a monopoly. He outrightly rejected the separate complaint of the states.
But his decision only dismissed the FTC’s complaint, not the case, giving the agency an opportunity to file an amended complaint. In the new filing, the FTC conducted a detailed analysis to substantiate its claim of monopoly power.
The complaint said, “obvious evidence including historical events and market realities” corroborate the allegation. The harm to consumers from lack of competition is “particularly severe,” it says.
The FTC did not comment on Facebook’s proposal to dismiss.