Facebook Faces trouble
Facebook faces a potential fine after Brusselsaccused the social network of misleading it during the approval process of its $19bn takeover of WhatsApp.
In a statement of objections, the European Commission charged the ¬Silicon Valley group withnaccurately claiming during the 2014 takeover that it was technically impossible to combineuser information from Facebook and WhatsApp automatically.
Facebook sprang a surprise this year by linking WhatsApp phone numbers with identities on itsFacebook service in a change that sparked complaints from users, regulators and rivals.
The company said the decision was primarily taken to help it compile data, such as on usernumbers, more accurately, rather than serve targeted ads.
But the decision triggered immediate concern among regulators.
This year, Ms Vestager warned: That they didn’t merge data wasn’t the decisive factor whenthe merger was approved, but it was still a part of the decision.