US states want to sue Facebook

A group from almost every US state (except Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and South Dakota) wants the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to reinstate a lawsuit against Facebook that was filed in late 2020 and then initially dismissed.

In it, the states and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accuse the company of exploiting its monopoly position among personal social networks in order to impede competition.

Accordingly, Facebook did not achieve its dominant position through better concepts, but through illegal company takeovers and the establishment of its own rules. The plaintiffs rely, among other things, on emails from Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook managers. The lawsuit by the FTC and the states wants to achieve, among other things, that Facebook has to sell Instagram and WhatsApp again. However, after a long review, the FTC had approved both acquisitions in the past. Now she claims that Facebook made misleading information at the time.