Tech giants face Legal Action Over Antitrust Violations
Tech giant Facebook is facing legal action in Germany following antitrust violations for the platform’s abusive market dominion by aggressively collecting in its user’s data without their consent.
Germany’s antitrust watchdog, the Federal Cartel Office, is now launching the probe against Facebook towards the end of 2018, according to Reuters.
The office objects to Facebook relentless tracking people who aren’t even members of its service via third-party apps like Instagram and WhatsApp.
“We are conscious that this should, and must, go quickly,” Andreas Mundt, president of the Federal Cartel Office said.
The Daily Caller reports: Several countries in Europe have been actively fighting big tech in court, fining some of the biggest companies for antitrust violations and ordering them to change their practices.
The U.K.’s antitrust watchdog issued Facebook the maximum fine of about $644,000 in July for its involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, The Daily Caller News Foundation reported.
Other tech giants have faced legal action in Europe as well, including Google and Twitter
The European Union issued Google a massive $5 billion fine on July 18, citing antitrust violations.
The fine was the largest brought to any individual company. Google allegedly abused its operation system, Android, by forcing it to have several Google apps — Google Search and Chrome web browser — pre-installed on Android phones, giving Google an advantage over its competitors.
Following the recent wave of social media censorship of conservative voices gathers pace, a confidential 49-page memo revealing the plan to defeat Trump by eliminating “right-wing propaganda and fake news” has been leaked.
The memo was presented in 2017 by George Soros-owned Media Matters founder David Brock at a retreat in Florida with around 100 donors, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
According to Gateway Pundit, the memo perfectly coincides with moves by Silicon Valley tech giants to “shadow ban” conservative political candidates and remove content.