Via America’s Lawyer: Facebook is the latest in Big Tech to face an antitrust lawsuit filed by the FTC, alleging its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp unfairly squashed competition. Mike Papantonio explains more.


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Finally tonight some good news. The federal trade commission has officially filed a lawsuit against Facebook, where they have accused the tech giant of being a monopoly. It’s about time. Specifically, they’re accusing Facebook of buying out their competition and blocking rivals from entering the market. That’s been going on for decades. Here’s why this story is such good news. Facebook has spent the past few years actually sucking up to every politician and media figure imaginable. Mark Zuckerberg has made the rounds, personally met with the president. He’s met with Democrats. He’s met with Republicans from Congress. He’s even spent time with, if you can call them media personalities, like Glenn Beck and in an attempt to whitewash the face of his company. None of it worked. This may be one of the few times in recent history that no amount of lobbying, no amount of schmoozing and no amount of campaign money was enough to save the company from the regulators. And they’re going to end up paying a big price for acting in such a lawless manner for so many years. Now, it’s time to go after the rest of them, Google, Amazon, and the rest of them.

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Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.