Facebook fined €110 million for misleading information


By Andrew Ward, Cuatrecasas
By Andrew Ward, Cuatrecasas

By Andrew Ward.

The European Commission today announced it has fined Facebook €110 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during the EU merger notification of its $19 billion (€12 billion) acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014. The full decision is not yet available but a press release can be found here.

The February 2014 transaction was notified to the Commission and cleared without conditions in October 2014. In the course of that notification process, Facebook stated on two occasions, in the notification itself and in response to a Commission information request, that it would be unable to establish reliable automated matching between Facebook and WhatsApp user accounts.


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