How we got here: The FTC’s case, filed late last year, claimed Facebook acted as a monopoly power by opting to buy upstart competitors like Instagram and WhatsApp rather than compete with them. Though this week’s ruling marks a significant blow to the agency, the FTC can still amend its complaint with more clarity and continue its case.
WhatsApp Group Calls: Facebook announced that it would be expanding WhatsApp Group Calls to up to eight people at a time. As of late April, more than 700 million WhatsApp and Messenger accounts participate in calls every day, Facebook said.
Just 4.0% of Toluna’s respondents said they used it, compared with 92.0% who were on WhatsApp, 89.9% on Facebook, and 81.7% on Instagram. But Brazil has a long history of being a testing ground for new social networking features, which creates a growth opportunity for Clubhouse.