In January last year, the anti-trust regulator launched a probe against WhatsApp in relation to the infringement of the user’s privacy as the social media messaging platform shares users’ data with Meta, its parent company.
Following this, in March last year, the CCI’s director general launched an investigation against Facebook India, making it an opposite party, by saying that Facebook is the parent company of the social media platform and can potentially exploit the data. The anti-trust regulator also said that the excess data collection by the messaging platform can lead to targeted advertising of consumers, thus putting it in a dominant position in the market and violating the existing competition norms in India.
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