The European Commission began an antitrust investigation against Facebook. The agency will check the company to use non-competitive practices on the online advertising market. This writes Financial Times with reference to three sources familiar with the situation.
The reason for the investigation was the launch of his own marketer in the social network in 2016. It allows users to sell each other various goods without commission. The regulator wants to check whether the company provides a resource any advertising privileges within the framework of its own platform instead of uniform advancing with competitors in this area.
The official deadlines for the start of the investigation and its scale are still discussed. Nevertheless, EU officials have already sent Facebook and its competitors three rounds of questions about whether the balance of advertising market balance is distorted.
The European Commission refused to comment on the investigation, but three people who participated in it declared the tense relations between the social network and the regulator in the early stages of the collection of evidence. Facebook even sued the regulator due to too extensive questions of officials. The company considered that it violates the confidentiality of its employees.