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US government, states ask judge to deny Facebook’s request to dismiss lawsuits – Fox Business

The FTC and states accused Facebook of breaking antitrust law to keep smaller competitors at bay and snapping up rivals

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The Federal Trade Commission and a big group of U.S. states asked a federal court on Wednesday to deny Facebook Inc’s request to dismiss major antitrust lawsuits filed against the social media giant in December.
The FTC, in its filing, said Facebook bought photo-sharing app Instagram because Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg believed it was “a large and viable competitor” and purchased the messaging app WhatsApp to neutralize a nascent threat. The FTC has asked the court to order Facebook to sell…

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