Feeds

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

Free content ad network hopes to swerve national watchdogs

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

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
Ellison: Sparc M7 is Oracle's most important silicon EVER
'Acceleration engines' key to performance, security, Larry says
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Lenovo to finish $2.1bn IBM x86 server gobble in October
A lighter snack than expected – but what's a few $100m between friends, eh?
Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT
Gets back up again after half an hour though
Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone
News of the Weird: Screen-rotating technology declared unpatentable
prev story

Whitepapers

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.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.