Utah tech startups could be impacted if Facebook loses antitrust lawsuits

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LEHI, Utah — Facebook is under pressure to reduce its size and influence as a tech company.

It’s facing two lawsuits — one from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the other from 48 state attorneys general, including Utah’s.

Both lawsuits claim Facebook bought its competitors illegally and cut services to smaller tech companies while reducing privacy protections.

“They’re [also] alleging that these companies have gotten so big and so powerful that they’re exerting an enormous amount of influence on our daily lives,” said James Czerniawski, the tech and innovation policy analyst at the Libertas Institute.

He also said the lawsuits really come down to answering the question: “Was Facebook truly acting in an anti-competitive nature when they bought Instagram or WhatsApp?”

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