The EU Commission fines a social network company for providing misleading information during a merger investigation (Facebook / WhatsApp)

Mergers: Commission fines Facebook €110 million for providing misleading information about WhatsApp takeover* The European Commission has fined Facebook €110 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during the Commission's 2014 investigation under the EU Merger Regulation of Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Today's decision sends a clear signal to companies that they must comply with all aspects of EU merger rules, including the obligation to provide correct information. And it imposes a proportionate and deterrent fine on Facebook. The Commission must be able to take decisions about mergers' effects on competition in full knowledge of accurate facts." The EU Merger Regulation obliges

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European Commission, The EU Commission fines a social network company for providing misleading information during a merger investigation (Facebook / WhatsApp), 18 May 2017, e-Competitions Privacy and antitrust, Art. N° 84201

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