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FTC may try to block Facebook from integrating FB Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram

Published:Friday | December 13, 2019 | 12:38 PM
This October 23, 2019, file photo shows Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying before a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook’s stock dropped almost 3% in regular trading after news reports suggested that the FTC may take antitrust action to prevent Facebook from integrating its disparate messaging apps.

The reports said the Federal Trade Commission may seek a court injunction that would block Facebook’s “interoperability” plans for Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, which involves revising them to use the same underlying software.

Both the FTC and Facebook declined to comment on the reports.

Facebook has been planning to integrate the apps since early 2019.

Federal regulators are concerned that Facebook’s plan could make it hard to break up the company should the FTC find that necessary.

The news was first published by The Wall Street Journal.

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