Facebook investigated over market-power abuse claims

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Facebook investigated over market-power abuse claims

German authorities are investigating Facebook for suspected abuse of its dominant market position.

The country’s federal cartel office suspects the social network’s privacy terms violate data protection laws.

It is looking into whether Facebook’s “dominance” means those terms also constituted an abuse of market power. The formal probe is the first of its kind the social network has faced.

Facebook said it was confident it complied with the law.

“Dominant companies are subject to special obligations,” said Andreas Mundt, the president of the cartel office.

“These include the use of adequate terms of service as far as these are relevant to the market

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