Democratic leader calls on FTC to investigate #facebook’s market power

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Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) called on the Federal Trade Commission to open an investigation into Facebook on the grounds of possible violations of anti-monopoly law. Cicilline, who heads the antitrust panel on the House Judiciary Committee, is one of the central lawmakers overseeing federal anti-monopoly policy.

Cicilline makes the case for an investigation in an op-ed in The New York Times and a letter sent directly to the FTC where he cites multiple incidents involving Facebook that he believes violated federal antitrust law. Cicilline specifically notes Facebook’s plan to merge the underlying infrastructure of its messaging products like Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp as well as the company’s decision to block Vine from accessing…

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