FILE PICTURE: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is shown at the front end from that shown in the stock chart, in this example, in the photo, March 20, 2018. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/File Photo
(Reuters) – Facebook Inc is going to incorporate Instagram and WhatsApp for a closer hamper any attempts to break in to the social media giant, as well as the Federal Trade Commission’s Chairman, Joseph Simons told the Financial Times on Monday.
Simons said that all options are on the table, and the FTC is investigating Facebook for possible violations of the antitrust laws, but added that any attempt of Mark Zuckerberg is to combine it with the social media company of the three big brands, can make it difficult to each case, according to the FT report.
“If it is the maintenance of a separate business structures, and infrastructure, it is possible to make a disposal in those circumstances, in which they are all tangled up, and all of the eggs for the scrambled eggs,” Simon told the FT.
Facebook has been under the control of the regulatory agencies around the world about data privacy practices and its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram to process their personal information.
Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014, and for each one that is now being used by over 1 million people.
Last month, Facebook said it would pay $5 billion penalty to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices, and the promotion of the safeguarding of their personal data.
The probe was triggered by allegations that Facebook violated a 2012 consent decree due to inappropriate sharing of information, which include 87 million users, with the now-defunct British political consulting firm in Cambridge Analytica.
Reporting Arundhati sarkar in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’silva