Facebook Competition Lawsuit Links Privacy as Anti-competitive Harm to Users

  • January 26, 2021
  • Dany H. Assaf, Molly Reynolds, Zirjan Derwa, Ronak Shah and Ally Lawrence

On December 9, twin U.S. lawsuits against Facebook were launched that will shape the competition and privacy landscape for years to come. They were initiated by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a coalition of Attorneys General from 48 U.S. states and territories1. They both allege that Facebook is illegally maintaining its monopoly in the U.S. personal social networking services market through a persistent pattern of anti-competitive conduct which includes acquiring nascent rivals, most significantly Instagram and WhatsApp.