U.S. antitrust officials made public for the first time the data they’re using to bolster their case that
From September 2012 through December 2020, Facebook’s share of time spent by users of social media apps in the U.S. has averaged 92% per month, according to a
The data is included in the FTC’s monopoly lawsuit against Facebook, which accuses the company of abusing its dominance. The case was initially
The data may not be enough to satisfy U.S. District Judge
The judge’s dismissal underscored the
The FTC’s data is from Reston, Virginia-based
Facebook declined to comment about the FTC’s filing and referred to an earlier statement that the lawsuit is without merit. Some portions of the FTC filing remain blacked out.
The FTC said Snap Inc.’s Snapchat is a distant No. 2 in the market for “personal social networking services” in the U.S.
From September 2016 through December 2020, Facebook’s share of daily average users among social networking apps averaged 80% per month for smartphones, 86% per month in tablets, and 98% per month for desktop computers. Facebook’s share hasn’t dropped below 70% in any month on any type of device, the FTC said. Only Snapchat reached a share higher than 10% on any device, according to the complaint.
The FTC doesn’t include Chinese-owned video-streaming service TikTok in the market. According to newly revealed internal communications included in the complaint, Facebook doesn’t consider the video app as a competitor either. In January 2019, Facebook assessed internally that TikTok is “not directly competing in the core areas of focus for our business” and that “TikTok is not hired for sharing with friends and family,” according to the complaint.
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