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US antitrust cases against Facebook tossed by judge

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Washington (AFP) – A US judge on Monday dismissed the blockbuster antitrust action against Facebook filed last year by federal and state regulators, saying officials failed to “plausibly” establish that the social network had created a monopoly. Judge James Boasberg of the US District Court of Washington, DC dismissed the case filed in December by the Federal Trade Commission and more than 40 states, which could have rolled back Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and the messaging platform WhatsApp. The federal lawsuit “failed to plead enough facts to plausibly establish a necessary element…..

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