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Judge says FTC's antitrust case against Facebook can proceed

Posted at 7:16 AM, Jan 12, 2022

A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission's revised antitrust suit against Meta, formerly known as Facebook, can proceed, shutting down the social media company's request for a dismissal.

In a revised complaint filed last August, the FTC argued that the company pursued “buy or bury” strategy to suppress competition.

This is the FTC’s second antitrust run at the company.

A federal judge in June dismissed antitrust lawsuits brought against Facebook by the agency and a broad coalition of state attorneys general that were among multiplying efforts by federal and state regulators to rein in tech titans’ market power.