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Meta asks US judge to toss blockbuster antitrust case [Video]

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A photo taken on April 3, 2024 shows the logo of US online social media and social networking service Facebook on a smartphone screen.Photo: Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFPSource: AFP

Facebook giant Meta on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss a case from a powerful US antitrust authority that could see the social media juggernaut forced to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.

The lawsuit, filed in December 2020 by the Federal Trade Commission, centers on Meta’s acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, which the FTC argues stifled competition in the market for social networks.

In the usual practice of trying to have the case dismissed before reaching trial, Meta said in a motion that its acquisitions were “good for consumers and businesses” and won approval by the FTC when they were made.

“The FTC reviewed both acquisitions years ago and allowed them to close. The decision to revisit done deals is tantamount to announcing …

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