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The FTC says that Facebook's plan to merge brands can make it harder to split



Facebook's plan to more closely integrate Instagram and WhatsApp could prevent any attempt to break up the social media giant, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons told the Financial Times on Monday.

Simons said all options were on the table as the FTC investigates Facebook for potential antitrust violations, but added that any attempt by Mark Zuckerberg to combine the social media company's three major brands could complicate any matter, according to the FT report.

"If they maintain separate business structures and infrastructure, it is much easier to have a disposal in that situation than where they are completely seized and all the eggs are encrypted," Simons told FT.

Read more: Big tech warned by top regulator: We will break you up if we have to

Facebook has been under investigation by regulators around the world regarding data privacy and how WhatsApp and its subsidiaries Instagram processes personal information.

Facebook bought Instagram in 201

2 and WhatsApp in 2014, and each is now used by more than 1 billion people.

Last month, Facebook said it would pay a $ 5 billion fine to fix a government probe into the privacy policy and increase user data protection.

The probe was triggered by allegations that Facebook breached a 2012 consent decree by accidentally sharing information belonging to 87 million users with the now-defunct British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.


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