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Facebook’s planned merger of WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger might be blocked by FTC



Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook is a company that has always been under the scanner when it comes to implementing something or adding a new feature. The company was also found out to be guilty of allowing agencies to access sensitive campaign information which would favour a person in the US elections. It is also said that Russia used Facebook as a platform to spread its propaganda and favoured Donald Trump in the 2016 US elections. Having said that, we also know that Facebook owns some of the biggest companies on the internet right now such as WhatsApp, Instagram and its own Messenger.

Earlier this year, Facebook revealed that it has plans to merge its platforms into one which will be WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. The company said that this will be to seamlessly message across platforms without switching between different apps. The company, however, did not reveal how they will be doing this but they revealed their plans. Now, the United States Federal Trade Commission is reportedly thinking about stopping Facebook from merging its products. This information is out thanks to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

There are some possible reasons why FTC would want to stop Facebook from doing so and one of them is because it will become harder for them to split up the company as is requested by various parts of the political scene in the US. There is a growing argument that big companies have become too big and it is time to split them up. Reportedly, the way in which Facebook controls third-party access to features on its platforms is also a matter of concern for the FTC. Having said this, we have had no word officially from FTC regarding these plans so we are not sure if all this will ever happen. But if it does, we are most likely to see the planned merger of its properties from Facebook getting delayed.

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