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Facebook Probe Is in Antitrust, Privacy Gray Zone, EU Says

  • Facebook has ‘a very dominant position’ as social network
  • Antitrust regulators look at data use, Vestager says
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Vestager: Gray Zone Exists Between Competition, Privacy

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A German antitrust probe into Facebook Inc.’s user terms falls into a "gray zone between competition and privacy," the European Union’s competition chief said, describing the social networking site as having "a very dominant position."

While social networks aren’t a specific worry for EU regulators, they are concerned if they see competition being closed down, Margrethe Vestager told Bloomberg TV in an interview Wednesday. Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is investigating whether Facebook abused its power as a social network by forcing customers to agree to unfair terms on how their data is used.