Europe spreads questionnaire because WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook




European competition authorities are currently investigating the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook. In this context, they sent a detailed questionnaire to competitors and customers of Facebook and WhatsApp, it was announced Monday.

Europe sent the list of companies that compete or do business with Facebook and WhatsApp, as companies behind other social networks and telecom companies. They must for next Monday to answer the voluminous questionnaire, nearly seventy pages.

The research focuses on the alleged distinction between a social network and messaging. This difference could be crucial for Europe to acquire to approve. To get over this clarity, the authorities want to include to know how easy it is to start a competitor. Additionally, there are questions about what data Facebook would have with WhatsApp in the portfolio in the future. That writes The Wall Street Journal, who got the list under eyes.

The questionnaire follows after Facebook earlier voluntarily planned acquisition of WhatsApp to put to the European competition authorities. Thus, the social networking site hopes to prevent numerous national regulators the acquisition still going to take. Examined in all Member States This while the acquisition of the messaging app by Facebook already has been approved in the USA. Worth $ 19 billion

Incidentally, the new owner, Facebook, would seem to be to have the number of people log on WhatsApp no ​​influence. It is also to be seen in the figures for people who said to go to example Telegram, no effect reported Tweakers last week. WhatsApp is now at 600 million active users worldwide, about ten percent of the world.


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