A group of at least 40 states, led by New York, are expected to file an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook next week, according to a Reuters report republished by several media outlets.
According to four sources familiar with the issue, most U.S. states have formed a coalition to investigate Mark Zuckerberg’s social network.
The Federal Trade Commission, whose commissioners met Wednesday, may also file another lawsuit against the Silicon Valley giant.
According to the sources consulted on Wednesday, it is still unknown what kind of accusation the states plan to include. The best guess is that it would be for monopolistic abuses of the market since it has suffered several lawsuits in this regard.
Specifically, it is believed that it would point to its wanting to buy potential competitors on the rise as it has done with Instagram and Whatsapp.
If the lawsuit were filed, which would be next week, it would represent the second-largest complaint against a Big Tech this year, since the Department of Justice sued Google in October.
Breitbart News reported earlier this week that authorities were preparing up to four more cases targeting Google and/or Facebook by the end of Jan. 2021.
The lawsuits would claim that Google abused its power in the search and advertising industry. In comparison, Facebook did the same in the social media market.
In the case of Zuckerberg’s social network, it has faced criticism mostly from Republicans, including President Donald Trump, who claim it often censors conservative voices.
Websites that frequently criticize Democrats and/or progressive policies often have minimal reach on Facebook or, worse, are banned from the social network, as is the case with TheBL.com.
In this context, on Dec. 1, President Trump announced that he would veto the National Defense Authorization Act if it did not include the end of Section 230, which provides a legal shield for Internet companies.
This provision protects these platforms from being responsible for the content published by their users or third parties. However, both President Trump and the Republicans have claimed that social networking companies “shield” themselves under this law to censor conservatives.
“Section 230, which is a liability shielding gift from the U.S. to “Big Tech,” (the only companies in America that have it—corporate welfare!) is a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity. Our Country can never be safe & secure if we allow it to stand,” the president said.
“Therefore, if the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill when sent to the very beautiful Resolute desk. Take back America NOW. Thank you!” the President added in a tweet.