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HUGE!!! watch this in Germany. The court has now ruled Facebook has to stop collecting and using data *across* its apps (FB, Insta, WhatsApp) and broader web (millions of sites)...importantly due to its dominance/antitrust...while it awaits appeal of decision lost Feb 2019.
Here is a tweet from Feb 2019 on the original and important decision.
Note, this decision likely caused Zuckerberg and Facebook to accelerate its move to merge Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp despite the Facebook / blue brand approaching toxic to the public (and now advertisers). @sarahfrier covered this well.
here is where @beynate reads from this exact decision at International Grand Committee hearing last Fall. When he asked the Facebook witness about it, it was a near disaster for Facebook. It's worth the watch...
Here is an English translation of the German decision last year for those wanting to dig deeper.
This was 2+ years ago. An update...
1) fined $5B
2) this thread
3) 1st decision pending
4) MIA (see capitalism)
5) underway
6) added 13, now 48 state AGs
7) report pending? @ICOnews
8) hello @vestager
10) see #StopHateForProfit @slpng_giants
and finally back to this decision, @Sally_Hubbard wrote a smart @nytopinion last year on how this German decision may point to ways to break up Facebook without breaking them up as they essentially have to treat component parts arms-length.…
ps this decision no doubt worries Google, too. It is directly applicable to Google's leveraging data across its monopoly into other component businesses as @ProfFionasm whitepaper covered and @JuliaAngwin has reported on as it happened.
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