Facebook faces joint UK and European Commission competition probe

Campaign 04 Jun 2021 04:45

Facebook is being investigated by competition watchdogs in the UK and EU over whether it is abusing its market-leading position in social media to gain an unfair advantage against dating and classifieds competitors.

The Competition and Markets Authority and European Commission have announced they will work “closely together” on their separate investigations, which centre around Facebook’s use of its login service. This allows users to log on to other sites with their Facebook credentials.

Commenting on the action, a Facebook spokesman said the company would "co-operate fully with the investigations to demonstrate that they are without merit".

Although it is not spelled out by the CMA announcement, the implication would appear to be that Facebook uses this knowledge of what users have been doing elsewhere to offer targeted advertising and to promote its own Facebook Dating and Marketplace service. Essentially, the social giant stands accused of using its dominant data-gathering position in social to gain an advantage against dating and classifieds rivals.

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FacebookCompetition and Markets AuthorityCMAAndrea CoscelliJoseph Evans
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