Last Wednesday (14), the Facebook asked the FTC (the US competition agency) to remove its president Lina Khan from discussions on the ongoing antitrust case against the social network. Other organizations like Amazon had complained about Khan's decisions before. The argument used by of Mark Zuckerberg would be the impartiality shown by the executive.
According to the Engadget portal, Lina Khan has been openly criticizing not only “Big Tech” companies like Amazon and Facebook, but also the entire antitrust system in place in the United States, which she considers inadequate to control the abusos corporations.
The companies fear that Khan will pursue further action against them, including an ongoing antitrust complaint against Facebook. In the lawsuit, the FTC alleged that the social network violated federal antitrust laws by incorporating major competitors into the social media market (Instagram and WhatsApp).
According to platform representatives, the executive “consistently” accuses Facebook of offenses that would justify an antitrust case. “She cannot be impartial,” they argue.
In response, the FTC comments that Khan is open to talking to ethics officials at the Commission if there are concerns about his remarks.
First of all, it is important to stress the concept of trust. This consists in the possibility of a business group, which already hold a large share of the market, to join another. This merger has a major impact on the competitiveness of commerce, preventing smaller companies from even being able to compete in products or services.
It is known that this type of practice harms the market and, therefore, there are national and international laws, called antitrust laws, to limit the market power of large companies.
Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook are constant targets of antitrust investigations in several countries. Regulatory bodies around the world are analyzing whether these companies have engaged in anti-competitive business practices. Thus, the court seeks to assess whether the large market dominance of the giants of the tech it is even within the law.
Currently, the United States, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom are some of the places that have antitrust investigations open against one or more of these organizations. The most recent involves Facebook and the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
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With Lina Khan's removal requests, Facebook intends to avoid further complications in the process, as the executive is openly against the practices carried out by the company in the acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp.
Experts do not believe that Khan's refusal to face the commission will necessarily protect the tech giants from disruptions in the ongoing antitrust case. That's because the FTC and US politicians didn't hesitate to crack down on these companies even before Khan assumed his new role.
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