US government lawsuit against Facebook dismissed

US District Judge James Boasberg has granted dismissal of lawsuits filed in December 2020 by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 46 state attorneys generals against social media giant Facebook in Washington.

Judge Boasberg said the FTC’s case was “legally insufficient” because it did not defend enough arguments against Facebook to support its monopoly claims.

Boasberg also cited the fact that attorneys general waited too long to bring their claims as grounds for refusal.

The District Judge noted, however, that the remedy was not completely closed, giving him 30 days to file a renewed lawsuit.

The American media claimed that the rejection of the case dealt a clear blow to the claims that the big tech giants illegally monopolized the market.

Lawsuits filed by the states and the Federal Trade Commission allege that Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion in 2012 and WhatsApp for $19 billion two years later undermined competition on the social network.

The plaintiff argued that Facebook should shut down the two apps and impose new restrictions on the company in future deals.