1. EU fines Facebook $122 mn over misleading information

EU fines Facebook $122 mn over misleading information

The European Union's competition watchdog has fined Facebook 110 million euros (USD 122 million) for providing misleading information over its buyout of mobile messaging service WhatsApp.

By: | Brussels | Published: May 18, 2017 2:45 PM
European Union, watchdog, Facebook, 110 million euros, misleading information, mobile messaging service, WhatsApp The European Union’s competition watchdog has fined Facebook 110 million euros (USD 122 million) for providing misleading information over its buyout of mobile messaging service WhatsApp. (Reuters)

The European Union’s competition watchdog has fined Facebook 110 million euros (USD 122 million) for providing misleading information over its buyout of mobile messaging service WhatsApp. The European Commission said Thursday that when Facebook informed the Commission of the 2014 buyout it said it would be unable to “establish reliable automated matching” between Facebook and WhatsApp user accounts.

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But the Commission says that in 2016 WhatsApp offered updates including the possibility of linking user phone numbers with Facebook user IDs. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the fine is proportionate and serves as a deterrent. She said “the Commission must be able to take decisions about mergers’ effects on competition in full knowledge of accurate facts.”

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