Three things the press keeps getting wrong about the Facebook antitrust case

This stuff is complicated which is why it is important to get it right.


1. Reporting that the Instagram and WhatsApp mergers were approved in 2012/2014 and discussing such “approvals” as if they are legally binding precedent

2. Reporting that the Government has a duty to prove that Instagram or WhatsApp, absent the merger, would have become a significant competitor

3. “No deal is safe”

Professor at Columbia University; author of “The Curse of Bigness,” “The Attention Merchants,” and “The Master Switch;” veteran of Silicon Valley & Obama Admin.

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