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EU fines Facebook €110M for 'misleading' WhatsApp info


The European Commission on Thursday fined Facebook €110 million ($122 million) for providing “incorrect or misleading information” during its investigation into the social media giant’s €17 billion ($19 billion) takeover of WhatsApp in 2014, Anadolu Agency reports.

The Commission, which launched a probe last year, said in a statement it "has found that, contrary to Facebook's statements in the 2014 merger review process, the technical possibility of automatically matching Facebook and WhatsApp users' identities already existed in 2014, and that Facebook staff were aware of such a possibility".

It went on to accuse Facebook of “two separate infringements” in providing misleading answers in its merger notification form and in reply to a Commission request for information.

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