Facebook fined €110m for claiming it would not 'user match' in WhatsApp acquisition probe

Sooraj Shah
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Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for $19bn
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Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for $19bn

Facebook staff knew it was possible to link user identities and altered WhatsApp's privacy policy last year, says European Commission

Facebook has been fined €110m by European Union anti-trust regulators for providing incorrect or misleading information during an investigation into its $19bn deal to acquire instant messaging serv...

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