The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may force Facebook to abandon its plans to combine the company’s messaging services – Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. About it informs The Wall Street Journal.
According to the publication, in recent months, officials began to fear that any steps to further integrate Facebook products may make it difficult separation of the company when the need arises.
WSJ sources said that any action by the FTC will be aimed at blocking integration due to concerns about the strengthening of the monopoly. In order to obtain an injunction, the commission needs at least three out of five votes in support of such a decision.
In the near future, the department plans to launch a preliminary investigation to find out how Facebook products interact with each other.
The fact that Facebook intends to combine the technical infrastructure of Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp became known in January. The company planned to complete this task by 2020.