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Facebook Faces Federal Monopoly Lawsuit Again

Added 01-12-22 10:21:03am EST - “The federal government's monopoly lawsuit against Facebook is back. The past few years have made it abundantly clear that the...” - Reason.com

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Elizabeth Nolan Brown | 1.12.2022 9:35 AM

The federal government's monopoly lawsuit against Facebook is back. The past few years have made it abundantly clear that the feds have it out for Facebook, what with the plethora of congressional hearings about the social media giant's practices and an antitrust lawsuit against it filed in December 2020. The lawsuit, from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), alleged Facebook was an illegal monopoly and argued for its forced breakup.

It came to a somewhat embarrassing pass last summer, when the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the FTC had failed to actually show that Facebook was a monopoly. "The FTC has failed to plead enough facts to plausibly establish … that Facebook has monopoly power in the market for Personal Social Networking (PSN) Services," Judge James E. Boasberg wrote in a June 2021 opinion.

He granted Facebook's motion to dismiss—but left room for the FTC to try again with an amended complaint. The agency did so, and Facebook once again asked for it to be dismissed.

The FTC's amended complaint contained "significant additions and revisions aimed at addressing the shortcomings identified in the Court's prior Opinion," writes Boasberg in his new memorandum opinion. "The core theory of the lawsuit remains essentially unchanged" but "the facts alleged this time around to fortify those theories, however, are far more robust and detailed than before, particularly in regard to the contours of Defendant's alleged monopoly."

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