the European Commission imposed a fine in the amount of 110 million euros against the US group Facebook. The company has in order to check its takeover by WhatsApp who made incorrect relationship wise misleading claims in 2014 under the EU merger regulation by the Commission.
the merger examination was the Commission’s gone 2014 also to the question of whethercould reconcile the accounts by WhatsApp with their own. To do this, the company has stated a reliable automatic synchronizing between the accounts is not possible.
the EU Commissioner for competition policy Margrethe Vestager stated: “ of today’s decision is a clear message to companies that they must follow the EU merger control rules, including to make also the obligation, factually correct information. For this reason, he foresees a proportionate and dissuasive fine against Facebook.
the decision has no effect on the approval of the merger by the EU issued in October 2014. The Commission had considered at the time the hypothetical scenario that a Nutzerabgleich would be possible. On this basis, it finds that the incorrect or misleading information provided by Facebook were indeed relevant, but had no influence on the outcome of the approval decision.
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