Attorneys General from 46 US states, plus Guam and Washington DC, have appealed a district court’s decision to dismiss their antitrust lawsuit against Facebook that claims the social media giant illegally acquired its competitors to maintain a monopoly.
That appeal [PDF] was filed on Wednesday in DC. It comes after federal district Judge James Boasberg sided with Facebook and threw out the states' case brought in December. The attorneys general, led by New York’s Letitia James, alleged Facebook violated the Clayton Antitrust Act when it snapped up Instagram in 2012 and Whatsapp 2014.
“We filed this notice of appeal because we disagree with the court’s decision and must hold Facebook accountable for stifling competition, reducing innovation, and cutting privacy protections,” said James, according to CNBC. “We can no longer allow Facebook to profit off of exploiting consumer data.”