The European Commission (EC) fined the Facebook social network for 110 million euros, according to which Facebook misled it when buying the WhatsApp service in 2014. This was reported by European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestarger, reports DW.
She explained that when buying WhatsApp, Facebook informed that it would not be able to "introduce a reliable automatic connection" between users' of Facebook accounts and in the WhatsApp messenger.
The European Commission indicates that last year an update for the WhatsApp application was developed, and it offered users the opportunity to "link" their phone numbers to accounts on Facebook.
"The European Commission should be in a position to make decisions on the impact of absorption (of some companies by others - Ed.) on competition, taking the reliable facts in account," said Margrethe Vestarger.
According to her, the size of the fine corresponds to the scale of the violation and should serve as a warning to the company for the future.
We recall, in February 2014 Facebook announced the purchase of WhatsApp. The deal cost was $ 16 billion.