On June 28, 2021, Judge James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted Facebook’s motions to dismiss two parallel antitrust complaints filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a group of state enforcers. The complaints accused Facebook of illegally monopolizing the market for “Personal Social Networking Services” (PSN Services) in violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act by (i) acquiring the nascent startups Instagram and WhatsApp, and (ii) adopting policies to prevent interoperability between Facebook and other apps that it considered threats in order to thwart potential or actual competitors . The states’ action also claimed that Facebook’s acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp violated Section 7 of the Clayton Act . Judge Boasberg
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