Four app startups sue Facebook for anti-competitive behaviour
Four app startups have sued social networking giant Facebook, blaming the company of anti-competitive behaviour. The startups alleged that it inappropriately revoked developer access to its platform in order to harm competitors.
Filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday, the lawsuit is based on more than 7,000 pages leaked last year “from an ongoing lawsuit brought by another defunct startup known as Six4Three, which made a short-lived app known as Pikinis”. The documents were obtained by international journalistic organisations.
The documents showed that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other officials used their market position to squeeze potential rivals and competitors from 2011 through 2015. “This action seeks to halt the most brazen, willful anticompetitive scheme in a generation — a scheme that verges on final, irreparable completion as of the date of this Complaint,” the complaint alleged in the class-action lawsuit.
“Facebook stands today as a paragon of unbridled market power”, said the lawsuit filed by The lawsuit was filed by LikeBright, Lenddol, Cir.cl Inc and Beehive Biometric Inc.
The social networking platform replied to the lawsuit, saying it has no legal basis. “We operate in a competitive environment where people and advertisers have many choices. In the current environment, where plaintiffs' attorneys see financial opportunities, claims like this aren't unexpected but they are without merit,” a company spokesperson was quoted as saying.
*Edited from an IANS report.