A federal court threw out two antitrust complaints against Facebook, but the case isn’t quite closed.
It was never going to be easy to challenge the market power of Facebook, the world’s largest social network and 34th-largest company, by revenue and on Monday, a US judge further complicated efforts by dismissing two legal complaints against it brought by attorneys general around the country.
Judge James Boasberg of the DC Circuit Court sided with the company in its motion to dismiss two separate lawsuits filed by the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of 48 states in December, ruling that the case was “legally insufficient” to prove that the company had a monopoly on social media specifically, that it did not prove Facebook had “in excess of 60%” control of the social media market as alleged.
“The FTC’s Complaint says almost nothing concrete on the key question of how much power Facebook actually had, and still has, in a properly defined antitrust product market,” the ruling reads. “It is almost as if the agency expects the Court to simply nod to the conventional wisdom that Facebook is a monopolist.”
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