Facebook faces possible fine of over $170m after as Whatsapp takeover investigated
Facebook faces a possible fine of in excess of $170m after the European Commission announced it is probing the company’s takeover of Whatsapp back in 2014.
Earlier today, the Commission issued a “Statement of Objections to Facebook alleging the company provided incorrect or misleading information” into the companies proposed takeover of Whatsapp in 2014 which was subsequently approved.
During the Commission’s examination of the takeover in 2014, it asked for assurances about the matching of Facebook users accounts with Whatsapp users accounts.
In its statement today, the Commission added “Contrary to Facebook's statements and reply during the merger review, the technical possibility of automatically matching Facebook users' IDs with WhatsApp users' IDs already existed in 2014.”
The company has been given until January 31 to reply to the Commission. If the Commission’s case were to be confirmed, Facebook could be liable to pay a fine of 1pc of its revenue.
Latest accounts show the tech giant had turnover in excess of $17bn.
“We respect the Commission’s process and are confident that a full review of the facts will confirm Facebook has acted in good faith," facebook said in a statement.