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Facebook: Instagram and WhatsApp split is almost impossible

Facebook can't separate the products

05.Oct.20 8:03 AM
By Shawn Highstraw


Facebook: Instagram and WhatsApp split is almost impossible
It is almost impossible to separate Instagram and WhatsApp, and if this were required by the government, it would cost billions of dollars and negatively affect the safety of users. That says Facebook is a document to defend itself against breaking up.

Facebook calls breaking up the company a 'complete nonstarter'. Reversing the takeovers from Instagram and WhatsApp would be virtually impossible due to the integration of the platforms that have been deployed since then. It would cost billions of dollars to maintain separate platforms and splitting up would make security and user experience worse.

This is in a 14-page document that Facebook's legal department has drafted to defend itself against a threat from government plans to split up the company. The Wall Street Journal has seen the document, which is described as a preview for the defense against break-up. Facebook also Instagram and WhatsApp takeovers, in 2012 and 2014 respectively, are not subject to any legal requirement, as the Federal Trade Commission did not see any objections to the takeover of Instagram and WhatsApp.

In mid-September, the WSJ reported that the FTC has been conducting a competition survey on Facebook for a year, to see if the platform is constraining competition from the market with its size. Early this year, it was already known that FTC's takeovers from Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google will look into the impact on competition, but this research is mainly about small takeovers.

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