EU fines Facebook €110million over misleading info on WhatsApp-Facebook connection

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[Facebook]–European Union (EU) antitrust regulators is set to fine Facebook 110 million euros for providing misleading information over its purchase of messaging service WhatsApp in 2014.

According to a statement released on Thursday, the Union alleged that Facebook had said it could not automatically match user accounts on its namesake platform and WhatsApp but two years later launched a service that did exactly that.

It added that the fine would not reverse the Commission’s decision to clear the purchase of WhatsApp and was unrelated to separate investigations into data protection issues of the Instant Messaging Service.

“The Commission has found that, contrary to Facebook’s statements in the 2014 merger review process, the technical possibility of automatically matching Facebook and WhatsApp users’ identities already existed in 2014, and that Facebook staff were aware of such a possibility,” it stated.

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