By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 1-12-22

A D.C. District Court judge has said the Federal Trade Commission can proceed with its antitrust suit against Facebook, but not with its allegation that Facebook blocked app interoperability (its so-called “platform policies”).

While Judge James E. Boasberg said the agency “may” have a tough time proving its allegations, the suit can proceed to the discovery phase. That is “the formal process of exchanging information between the parties about the witnesses and evidence they will present at trial.”

The same court had dismissed the FTC’s initial suit last June – as Facebook had requested – for failing to sufficiently support its claim that Facebook exercised monopoly power in the social network space.  » Read More