The Lawsuits

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The U.S. government, 48 states sue Facebook, could force the company to divest Instagram and WhatsApp
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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a coalition of attorneys general from 48 states and territories filed two separate antitrust lawsuits against Facebook on Wednesday. The lawsuits target two of the companies major acquisitions: Instagram and WhatsApp.

The antitrust lawsuits were announced by the Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General Letitia James.

"It’s really critically important that we block this predatory acquisition of companies and that we restore confidence to the market," James said during a press conference announcing the lawsuit.