Curious logo
image depicting The US authorities file cases calling for breakup of Facebook, WhatsApp, Insta

The US authorities file cases calling for breakup of Facebook, WhatsApp, Insta

Recommended for Secondary Grades

Facebook is one of the biggest and most popular social media companies in the world. It also owns WhatsApp and Instagram.

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 47 states have filed lawsuits (cases) to break up Facebook. It is requesting the court to force Facebook to sell off its other businesses such as Instagram and WhatsApp.

The FTC is an independent agency of the US government. Its aim is to protect consumers from unfair and illegal practices in the marketplace.

Why have the cases been filed?

The cases focus on Facebook’s 2012 buy out of Instagram, its 2014 purchase of WhatsApp and its rules while dealing with outside software developers.

Officials say that Facebook uses its power and influence to illegally force rivals to sell their companies or products. This hurts the companies as well as users. If this continues, officials are worried that Facebook will only get more powerful and stop other companies from progressing in the social media space.

However, Facebook has said that all the purchases they have made were approved by the FTC before. Additionally, the companies they bought before were not so big then, even if they are now. So, Facebook should not be punished for their success.

These kinds of cases take a long time to resolve. So, for now, things will likely remain the same.

In October, the US Department of Justice also filed a case against Google. It said that Google is illegally maintaining a stronghold on internet searches and online advertising.


Image depicting Curious Times Logo

Are you interested in the latest news updates? We at Curious Times are committed to providing the best experience and news to children. Do also check out the Curious Times Weekly newspaper every week and The Curious Magazine every month. We are delighted to publish the creative art, photographs, write up and more that children send us in My Expressions. Do write to us at You can also reach out to us on WhatsApp, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook.

  (Please login to give a Curious Clap to your friend.)

Share your comment!

To post your comment Login/Signup