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US authorities seek to break up Facebook – The Australian Financial Review

A judge could order the separation of Facebook’s main social media platform from Instagram and WhatsApp if US authorities prove it violated antitrust laws.

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“For nearly a decade, Facebook has used its dominance and monopoly power to crush smaller rivals, snuff out competition, all at the expense of everyday users,” said New York Attorney-General Letitia James on behalf of the coalition of 46 states, Washington, DC and Guam. Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and South Dakota did not participate in the lawsuit.
Ms James said the company acquired rivals before they could threaten its dominance.
Facebook’s general counsel, Jennifer Newstead, called the lawsuits…

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