Facebook hit with antitrust investigation in Germany

Add Facebook to the growing list of tech companies facing antitrust allegations in Europe.

Germany’s Federal Cartel said Wednesday that it’s examining whether the social media giant abused its possible market dominance by forcing customers to agree to terms allowing the use of their data, the Associated Press reported.

“To access the social network, users must first agree to the company’s collection and use of their data by accepting the terms of service, ” the regulator said. “It is difficult for users to understand and assess the scope of the agreement accepted by them.”

Facebook denies that it’s running afoul of the law, saying in a statement that it is “confident that we comply with the law and we look forward to working with the Federal Cartel Office to answer their questions.”

Other tech firms, including Google, have been hit with antitrust complaints from European authorities in the last year. In April, the European Commission filed antitrust charges against Google, accusing the tech firm of skewing search results to favor its comparison-shopping service over its competitors.

Germany’s Federal Cartel said it’s contacted regulators including the European Commission and competition authorities of the other European Union nations in the investigation against Facebook.

Photo from AFP/Getty Images.


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