The Federal Trade Commission on Friday asked a federal judge to give it more time to re-file an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, which is the agency’s biggest test to contain the power of big tech.
In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the agency requested a three-week extension, or until August 19, to amend a lawsuit that the court dismissed last month. In its inquiry, the FTC stated that it had reached an agreement with Facebook about the planned extension.
Last month, Federal Court Judge James E. Boasberg undermined a key FTC argument by saying prosecutors had not produced enough convincing evidence to support the claim – that Facebook had a monopoly on social networks. But the judge gave the FTC a 30-day window to re-file their lawsuit.
The new lawsuit will be the first major lawsuit by Lina Khan, the new chairman of the FTC and a critic of Facebook, Google and Amazon, who campaigned for the dissolution of digital platforms.