The U.S. government might attempt to cease Facebook from integrating its various platforms — Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram in a move that has to turn out to be a core objective for the company because it faces increasing regulatory scrutiny, in accordance with three sources with data of the matter who weren’t approved to speak publicly.
Facebook has been the topic of an antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, the federal government’s major enterprise regulator, which has been looking at the company’s dominance in social networking and online marketing. Facebook’s acquisitions have additionally been a part of that investigation.
The FTC might search a preliminary injunction to cease Facebook from weaving its disparate elements collectively. An injunction may deal a severe blow to Facebook and its efforts to mix its services, which started earlier this year. It could additionally go away the corporate more vulnerable to being broken up.
The injunction is certainly one of a number of steps the FTC is considering because it seems to be to verify Facebook’s power and deal with considerations that the corporate’s growing size could reduce competitors amongst social networks.
Pursuing an injunction could be an extraordinary step for the FTC, which doesn’t sometimes attempt to undo mergers, which have already occurred. Facebook purchased Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014. The FTC would additionally have to show that Facebook was in violation of antitrust law.
With regulatory issues looming, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg introduced in January that he would work to integrate Facebook’s family of apps to create extra seamless messaging between the various services.