Meta's Lies Delayed Antitrust Claims, App Makers Tell 9th Circ.

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By Hannah Albarazi (February 17, 2022, 8:41 PM EST) — App developers urged a Ninth Circuit panel Thursday to revive antitrust claims against Facebook successor Meta that were dismissed as time-barred, arguing that the company’s fraudulent concealment prevented them from knowing about the anti-competitive behavior until years later and telling the panel, “It’s not like there was a dead body.”

The developers say that the enterprise now known as Meta Platforms carried out a long-running scheme to monopolize social data and advertising markets through its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp and by cutting off the developers’ access to its network. They urged the Ninth Circuit to resuscitate monopoly claims thrown out by…

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