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Meta Attacks German ‘All-or-Nothing’ Assault on Facebook (1)

May 10, 2022, 11:23 AM

Meta Platforms Inc.’s Facebook attacked Germany’s competition watchdog for taking an “all-or-nothing approach” conflating data protection and antitrust law to seek an unprecedented overhaul of the firm’s business model.

The Federal Cartel Office’s strategy led to a “clearly flawed” decision in 2019 targeting the social-media giant’s business practices, lawyers for Meta told the European Union’s Court of Justice at a hearing on Tuesday.

“The Federal Cartel Office, based on its misguided all-or-nothing approach conducted only an incomplete and skewed data protection assessment,” Hans-Georg Kamann, a lawyer for Meta, told a 15-judge panel in Luxembourg. “A formal competition order ...

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