Facebook accused over WhatsApp takeover

Facebook accused over WhatsApp takeover

Facebook has been accused by the European Commission of misleading it during its investigation of Facebook's 2014 takeover of WhatsApp.

The Commission says Facebook misled it when it said it would not be possible to match users' Facebook and WhatsApp accounts.

But in August WhatsApp said it would do just that, by linking its users' phone numbers with their Facebook identities.

The Commission says the technical ability to do that existed in 2014.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is in charge of competition policy, said companies had to take their obligations seriously.


"Companies are obliged to give the Commission accurate information during merger investigations," she said.

"In this specific case, the Commission's preliminary view is that Facebook gave us incorrect or misleading information during the investigation into its acquisition of WhatsApp.

Facebook is being asked to respond by 31 January 2017.

However the Commission said its new probe would not undermine its previous decision to approve the merger of the two companies.



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