It’s time to come. Facebook can’t escape. In September last year, the latest results of anti-monopoly investigations on Facebook were launched in various parts of the United States. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and attorneys general from 48 states and territories jointly filed two independent antitrust lawsuits against Facebook. < / P > < p > affected by the news, Facebook’s share price fell sharply, and according to the content of the lawsuit, it may face the fate of “dismantling” in the future. The FTC hopes that the federal court will issue a permanent injunction requiring Facebook to divest its assets, including instagram and WhatsApp, from imposing anti competitive conditions on software developers, and that Facebook must seek prior notice and approval for future acquisitions. < / P > < p > at the same time, Facebook has been restricting WhatsApp from providing mobile messaging services, rather than allowing WhatsApp to become a personal social network provider competing with Facebook’s main app, and limiting WhatsApp’s promotion in the United States. < p > < p > New York attorney general Letitia James said that in the past decade, Facebook has been using its dominant position and monopoly power to suppress smaller competitors and stifle competition, all at the expense of ordinary users. “The company bought competitors before they threatened their dominance.” < p > < p > Facebook’s vice president and chief legal adviser, Jennifer Newstead, said the FTC did not mention in its 53 page complaint that it had approved these acquisitions years ago and that the government is now trying to pull it down and start over again, sending a chilling warning to US companies that no deal is final. Pan Helin, executive director of the Digital Economy Research Institute of Central South University of Finance and law, said in an interview with China news agency that Facebook did have monopoly behavior. It eliminated competitors through merger and acquisition, but restricted the independent development of these applications after it was included. “On the one hand, it bought the company, on the other hand, it tried to marginalize it, and took Facebook as the leading carrier instead On behalf of these potential competitors. ” < / P > < p > is it necessary to “dismantle” Facebook in the future? “The ultimate outcome of Facebook’s monopoly case depends on whether there is evidence that it hinders competitors’ development through mergers and acquisitions, and then gains monopoly position by dominating the market.” Pan Helin said that Facebook’s market share in the social field at this stage is beyond doubt, but whether it hinders the independent development of other innovative enterprises and competitive enterprises, including whether its subordinate instagram and WhatsApp have been interfered and curbed by Facebook is the key to the battle of anti trust cases. In the United States, anti competitive behavior and anti competition behavior are monopoly behaviors. < / P > < p > in fact, Facebook is not the only one facing antitrust investigations. A sword of Damocles hangs over the head of FAAG (Facebook, Amazon, apple, Google). At the end of July this year, FAAG gathered for the first time in the anti-monopoly hearing. The four CEOs spoke at a five hour hearing and all stressed that the data showed that they were in a highly competitive market and that their innovative products and services provided convenience to consumers. Members focused on the monopolistic behavior and unfair competition of these companies. Pan and Lin said frankly that the purpose of anti-monopoly is to prevent large enterprises from damaging competition, because only by maintaining competition can consumers benefit from the competition. But for the Internet industry, it is not easy to define monopoly, because many services are free, and the boundary and domain division of services are quite complex. < / P > < p > “the definition of whether the Internet companies are monopolized should be based on whether they have competitors and whether they hinder the competition in the same industry. However, market share is not a feasible reference because the boundary of the Internet industry is very vague.” Pan said. (end) < A= target=_ blank>Global Tech