US States Plan To Try And #DeleteFacebook By Suing Them: Report

For those who really would like to see someone #DeleteFacebook, they might get their wish. Reuters is reporting that a group of states is going to sue Facebook. Here’s the details:

A group of U.S. states led by New York is investigating Facebook for possible antitrust violations and plans to file a lawsuit against the social media giant next week, four sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The complaint would be the second major lawsuit filed against a Big Tech company this year. The Justice Department sued Alphabet’s Google in October. More than 40 states plan to sign on to the lawsuit, one source said, without naming them. 

It is not known what the states plan to include in their complaint. One allegation often made against Facebook is that it has strategically sought to buy small potential rivals, often at a big premium. These include Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has argued in congressional testimony that the company has a range of competitors, including other tech giants. He has defended controversial acquisitions like Instagram and WhatsApp by saying the social media platform helped them expand from small, insignificant companies into powerhouses.

Well this will cause Zuckerberg to freak out and then force them to change their pants because a lawsuit like this has the potential to alter their business model in ways which would make Facebook non-viable. And that would be a good thing as Facebook isn’t known for respecting user data among other things. If this lawsuit happens, it will be very much worth watching.

One Response to “US States Plan To Try And #DeleteFacebook By Suing Them: Report”

  1. […] week we got the first hint that Facebook was about to get sued. Now it’s happened. CNN is reporting that Facebook is being sued for anticompetitive behavior […]

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