Meta* Platforms secured court assistance to obtain information from the video service TikTok, the WeChat messenger and the Telegram messenger to strengthen their position in the dispute with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This was reported by Bloomberg.
Last Wednesday, US District Judge James Boasberg responded to the meta* sent letters to the Chinese Ministry of Justice asking for assistance in obtaining receipts from Tencent and ByteDance (owners of WeChat and TikTok respectively) and also sent a letter to the relevant authorities in the British Virgin Islands via Telegram.
Meta* told the judge that they needed data on each company’s user base and market share as attempts to obtain information from their US divisions were unsuccessful. This will allow her to defend against an FTC antitrust lawsuit alleging Meta* monopolized the market of personal social networks, in connection with which the regulator requires Meta* Tag Instagram* and WhatsApp into separate companies. Therefore, the company petitioned the judge to issue a decision that would allow her to officially seek evidence of her innocence outside the United States.
* It is included in the list of public associations and religious organizations for which the court made a final decision, activities on the grounds of Federal Law No. 114-FZ of July 25, 2002 “On Combating Extremist Activity”.