|Brussels GA&P (December 2016)|
30/12/2016 - Autor/es: Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, Brussels
The Commission sends formal antitrust charges to Facebook for allegedly providing misleading data concerning its merger with WhatsApp
The European Commission has sent formal antitrust charges to Facebook for allegedly submitting misleading information during the review carried out by the EU authority over Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014.
The origin of the investigation concerns the fact that, in August 2016, WhatsApp’s service was being updated in order to link users’ phone numbers to their identities on Facebook. According to the Commission, it seems that this was already possible during the 2014 antitrust review. The Commission is therefore concerned that Facebook provided incorrect information to the EU and, consequently, breached its obligations under EU Competition Law...