It is believed that the merger of Facebook’s rivals instagram and whats app has damaged consumers’ rights and interests. According to the report, this may be the biggest regulatory challenge Facebook has faced in the past 17 years. < p > < p > < p > according to the Washington Post, citing three people familiar with the matter, investigators believe that Facebook has created an anti market competition social network giant after acquiring instagram and whats apps, resulting in almost no other high-quality choice for users. < / P > < p > people familiar with the matter said the survey was in its final stages as investigators explored what had changed in the years since instagram and whats apps were acquired. It is reported that the U.S. government’s antitrust regulatory authorities have considered suing Facebook, resulting in the weakening of privacy protection and services for instagram and whats app users after the merger and acquisition. In particular, when Facebook acquired whats app in 2014, it promised users that it would maintain the independence of whats app and provide strong privacy protection. At that time, Facebook made the same commitment to regulators in exchange for the transaction. < / P > < p > however, a few years later, Facebook changed its course and tried to integrate the users’ data of whats app with other services of Facebook. With Facebook’s poor record of privacy protection in the past, such controversial measures have raised new doubts. < / P > < p > according to people familiar with the matter, investigators are also focusing on how Facebook manages huge amounts of user data, and how and when third-party application (APP) developers and other businesses can access it, which means that federal and state governments may also sue Facebook for turning its most valuable asset into a “weapon” to crush emerging rivals 。 < / P > < p > according to information, several U.S. state attorneys general launched an investigation under the leadership of New York attorney general Letitia James in 2019. At present, they are preparing to formally file a lawsuit in early December. Prosecutors in nearly 40 states have expressed their willingness to join the lawsuit. < p > < p > < p > the Washington Post previously reported that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), one of the two agencies of the federal government responsible for monitoring market competition, is nearing the end of its investigation into Facebook and has sought cooperation with state prosecutors. < / P > < p > if the FTC votes in favor of filing a case, it may be handed over to an administrative judge for adjudication. At that time, Facebook or two different courts will face major antitrust litigation. SpaceX beat blue origin and Northrop Grumman to win a $316 million air force contract

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