Facebook sued for alleged anticompetitive conduct

By Katie Paul | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO – Four companies sued Facebook Inc in U.S.
federal court on Thursday for alleged anticompetitive conduct,
saying the social network inappropriately revoked developer access
to its platform in order to harm prospective competitors.

The plaintiffs sought class-action status and unspecified
damages, according to a filing at the U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of California.

“Facebook faced an existential threat from mobile apps, and
while it could have responded by competing on the merits, it
instead chose to use its might to intentionally eliminate its
competition,” said Yavar Bathaee, a partner at law firm Pierce
Bainbridge and co-lead counsel in the case.

The filing is an escalation of Facebook’s battles with small
app developers that had built companies based on access to its user
data. Facebook cut off access for certain apps as far back as 2012,
while still allowing access for others.

Thousands of pages of damaging internal emails have emerged from
a similar lawsuit filed by Six4Three, the developer of a
now-shuttered bikini photo app. Facebook has described the
Six4Three case as baseless.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for
comment on the latest lawsuit.

The social network also faces multiple investigations into
possible antitrust violations by regulators around the world.

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Facebook sued for alleged anticompetitive conduct