Facebook’s competitors supposedly called by DOJ as part of antitrust probe

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Facebook is dealing with numerous antitrust probes. 


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The United States Department of Justice has actually supposedly been establishing interviews with Facebook’s competitors as part of an antitrust examination into the world’s biggest social media network, an indication that the firm is progressing with its probe. 

The Information, mentioning an e-mail from the Justice Department, reported on Monday that the firm is connecting to social networks executives to find out about “the competitive landscape of the industry, along with their perspectives on and relationship to Facebook.”

Reports about the Justice Department’s antitrust examination into Facebook appeared in September. The social media network is currently dealing with probes by the Federal Trade Commission, the House antitrust committee and a group of state attorney generals of the United States. While the FTC’s examination is supposedly concentrated on Facebook’s acquisitions such as Instagram, the Justice Department is checking out different habits, according to a report by Bloomberg. 

The FTC has actually likewise connected to Facebook’s rivals as part of its probe, including its competitor Snap, The Wall Street Journal reported in September. Snap supposedly kept a file of files that laid out Facebook’s “aggressive tactics” to ward off competitors and had actually been speaking with the FTC about them. 

Antitrust issues become part of a long list of problems that have actually been pestering Facebook. In July, the FTC hit Facebook with a record $5 billion fine for its personal privacy incidents. 

Facebook, the DOJ and Snap decreased to comment. TikTok didn’t instantly react to ask for remark. 

Originally released Jan. 27 at 4: 27 p.m. PT
Update, 5: 25 p.m.: Adds reaction from Facebook and Snap; Jan. 28: Adds reaction from DOJ.

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