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Federal officials are reportedly considering whether or not to get an injunction against Facebook over anti-trust issues with respect to the family of products to work with.
Sources familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal reported that a possible action would be to zero in on how the social network is integrating its apps, and allows them to work with the class. In addition to the Facebook app, the company is also the owner of Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp.
The Journal also reported that the website is blocked on anti-competitive grounds.
According to the publication, a majority vote of the five members of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), would have to approve it in search of an injunction, and the agency would be required to submit to the federal court.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks at the meetings on technology, regulation and social media issues on January 19, 2019, in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, DC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A representative from Facebook declined to comment when reached by Fox News on Thursday.
Concerns about Facebook, the operability of the policy, may be interfering with the other services’ ability to compete, it would serve as the basis for this action, as it happens, the sources told the Journal.
Facebook has said that its efforts in this area have been focused on improving the user experience, rather than to fight against the regulation, or to crush competition.
“There are some privacy and security advantages of interoperability,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post at the end of March. “Having the ability to get the message across to our services, you would be able to send an encrypted message to someone, and the phone number of the WhatsApp Messenger.”
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The FTC declined to comment to the Journal.