As if the day weren’t bad enough for Facebook, half the network had hiccups. Thousands of users reported problems sending messages. The map of Europe from France to Poland was colored red on the portal allestören.de, which records problems with websites, and each point is a fault report. Because the Group’s apps share infrastructure and are becoming ever more closely interlinked, Instagram and Facebook Messenger also had problems.
It was just one of many bad news for Mark Zuckerberg’s corporation within 24 hours. The Federal Cartel Office announced on Thursday that it would initiate abuse proceedings against the US group. It’s about the Oculus branded virtual reality products. They should only be able to be used if the consumer also has a Facebook account. “This link between virtual reality products and the group’s social network could represent a prohibited abuse of a dominant market position by Facebook,” said antitrust chief Andreas Mundt. With its social network, Facebook is the market leader in Germany and is also active in the growing virtual reality market. “We want to investigate whether and to what extent the coupling affects competition in the two areas.” A spokeswoman for Facebook said they would address the concerns. “Even if Oculus is not currently for sale in Germany, we will of course cooperate with the Federal Cartel Office.” There is no violation of competition law.
The heads of the group are probably just recovering from the bad news on Wednesday: 48 US states and the FTC are suing the group. It is said that he has abused his market power and hindered potential competitors. The states want to split off the Instagram and Whatsapp apps from the group. Facebook’s counter-argument: When the company bought the two apps in 2012 and 2014, they were still used by far fewer people. You just successfully bet on their growth. The US antitrust proceedings are likely to drag on for years.
A little consolation for Zuckerberg could be that his biggest competitors are also having problems with the authorities at the same time. For example, France’s data protection supervisors hummed the search engine Google on Thursday 100 million euros fine, Amazon is said to pay 35 million. The allegation: Your websites are said to have illegally smuggled cookie files onto their computers for visitors, which then pass on information about them.