A federal judge has thrown out an attempt by Facebook to block a Federal Trade Commission antitrust lawsuit against the company.
Judge James Boasberg ruled on Tuesday that the FTC can proceed with a bid to force Facebook, now Meta, to sell its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram.
The FTC filed a similar lawsuit, which was rejected by Boasberg in June 2021. Boasberg said the FTC had failed to provide enough evidence that Facebook was a monopoly.
The FTC refiled its case in August, and Boasberg said on Tuesday it had supplied much more evidence. The New York Times reported Boasberg said the facts provided by the FTC this time round were "far more robust and detailed than before, particularly in regard to the contours of defendant's alleged monopoly."
In an August press release, the FTC argued that Facebook went on an "anticompetitive shopping spree" and illegally acquired Instagram and WhatsApp to "maintain its monopoly."