The FTC Is Trying To #DeleteFacebook Again

It’s time for take two in terms of Facebook vs. the US Government. The latter refiled their monopoly lawsuit against Facebook hoping to take them down this time after having their previous lawsuit tossed out of court:

The Federal Trade Commission filed the new complaint in federal court in Washington, alleging that Facebook violated antitrust laws by buying Instagram and WhatsApp in order to eliminate them as competitors. The agency is trying to revive the case after U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in June dismissed it, saying the agency failed to provide enough detail to support its claim that Facebook has a monopoly in the social-media market. Boasberg had given the FTC 30 days to fix the error and refile, and the commission won an extension until Aug. 19.

The Facebook case, first filed in December, presents an early test for FTC Chair Lina Khan, who was named head of the agency in June by President Joe Biden. Khan is a leading advocate for taking a more forceful antitrust stance against companies and is already taking steps to bolster the agency’s authority. Facebook is seeking to bar Khan from participating in the case, arguing that her academic writing about the company and her work on the House antitrust panel, which investigated Facebook and other tech platforms, showed she is biased.

Let’s see if this goes better for the FTC this time around. My thinking is that Facebook might actually have to work harder this time to escape being slapped silly. But we’ll have to see how this plays out.

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