Feeds

What's up, Zuck? Facebook asks Brussels to probe its GIGANTIC WhatsApp deal

Free content ad network hopes to swerve national watchdogs

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Facebook has asked the competition wing of the European Commission to probe its $19bn buyout of WhatsApp in a move to apparently nullify a host of investigations being sparked in multiple EU nations.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the matter, Facebook appears to be keen to swerve antitrust action from individual countries within the 28-member state bloc.

The newspaper noted that European telcos have already begun to complain about the merger by arguing that the Mark Zuckerberg-run free content ad network could gift itself with a dominant market position for instant messaging in the EU.

A Brussels' competition official, when pressed by The Register, declined to comment on the story.

But a request for an antitrust probe - which on the face of it appears to be a surprising strategy - can be submitted by companies proceeding with takeover plans as laid out in Article 4 and 5 of the EC's merger regulation.

We asked Facebook to comment on this story, but it hadn't got back to us at time of writing.

When quizzed about whether the UK's competition watchdog was mulling over an investigation of Facebook's planned acquisition, a spokesman at the Office of Fair Trading told El Reg: "Unfortunately we can’t comment at the moment – it's too early to say."

In April, US watchdog the Federal Trade Commission waved through the multi-billion-dollar WhatsApp deal. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first
Researchers test 802.15.4 and find we know nuh-think! about large scale sensor network ops
Turnbull should spare us all airline-magazine-grade cloud hype
Box-hugger is not a dirty word, Minister. Box-huggers make the cloud WORK
SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016
Flash WORM has a serious use for archived photos and videos
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash
Lovely presentations... but not on your Flash-hating mobe
prev story

Whitepapers

Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.