If Facebook is obliged to divest parts like Instagram and WhatsApp, it will cause big problems for the entire US business community. This is what the operational director of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, says in an interview with the American news channel CNBC. She also spoke out against claims that Facebook would not have or tolerate competition.
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued Facebook for abuse of its dominant position. The Trade Commission, which has worked with the Justice Department in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, accuses Facebook of years of trying to eliminate potential competitors, including by buying them up. The company should therefore be cut up now.
Sandberg emphasized that the Instagram and WhatsApp acquisitions were approved by the US government in 2012 and 2014, respectively. According to the Facebook driver, you can’t get the first permit and find out years later that you need to dispose of the parts. “This is going to be a real problem for American companies,” said Sandberg. She pointed out that the decision will also affect the competitive position of US companies worldwide.
Sandberg also responded to the criticism Facebook received for lack of competition. Sandberg pointed to the rapid advancement of services like iMessage, TikTok and Snapchat. “I can’t even get my own kids to post on Instagram because they’re too busy with Snapchat and TikTok.” She also pointed out that Facebook, for example, cannot be compared to an electricity company. “Everyone has a choice of what to look out for.”
Facebook also knew that an investigation was ongoing and has been working for some time to link the Messenger, WhatsApp chat apps and Instagram’s chat function. The company has therefore been claiming for some time that a split is not possible.