Facebook demanded that the new Federal Trade Commission chairman, Lina Khan, withdraw from the decision to pursue antitrust proceedings against tech groups, the head of regulators and Silicon Valley’s largest It shows an intensifying battle with companies.
Submitted by a social media company petition In search of Khan’s counter-argument with the FTC on Wednesday, she claimed that she “built her career by professing Facebook as an antitrust violator,” and her previous criticisms of the company. Was quoted.
Following a similar petition from, is the second such request in two weeks Amazon, A sign of how Big Tech rattled with Khan’s appointment.
In its request, Facebook said, “Long before becoming a commissioner, we had already determined important facts related to Facebook’s liability in the Commission’s pending antitrust proceedings, and Facebook was under antitrust law. We have reached the legal conclusion that we will be liable. “
The FTC did not comment on the petition.
Kahn gained attention as a scholar by criticizing the power of large tech companies. Parliamentary report Last year, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple accused them of abusing market power.
As FTC chair, she is at the forefront Attempt By the Biden administration to work on the concentration of corporate power in various fields. She is responsible for the FTC’s attention-grabbing proceedings against Facebook. It blames Of using its market power to crush small rivals.
The proceedings filed in December seek to cancel Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp by social media giants for $ 1 billion and $ 19 billion in 2012 and 2014, respectively.
But the federal judge Dismissal The complaint at the end of last month after finding the claim that Facebook dominates the social network market was “legally inadequate.”
Nevertheless, the judge gave the Commission a month to file an amended proceeding, if necessary. The approaching deadline meant that the question of repulsion was “especially urgent,” Facebook said in a petition.
Facebook’s petition also includes work at Khan’s advocacy group, the Open Markets Institute, her academic dissertation, as evidence that she “already concludes that Facebook is responsible for violating antitrust laws.” Pointed out a social media post.
For example, while Kahn was the Legal Director of the Open Markets Institute in 2017, the group stressed that it led a campaign called Freedom from Facebook and demanded the dissolution of the company.
According to the petition, Kahn also “praised” the FTC for raising the case in a tweet deleted last year, accusing Facebook of a “copy-taking killing” strategy to maintain its dominance. did.
Antitrust experts said efforts to force Khan’s evasion are unlikely to succeed, as government and agency ethics committees had already evaluated such issues at the time of her nomination. ..