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Meta Says EU Was Like ‘Fishing Trawler’ in Antitrust Data Hunt

  • Facebook owner suing EU over ‘irrelevant’ demands in probes
  • EU court earlier said sensitive data requests needed a review
Meta Platforms headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

Meta Platforms headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

Photographer: Nick Otto/Bloomberg

Meta Platforms Inc. accused the European Union’s antitrust authority of acting like “a fishing super trawler” by netting vast amounts of “wholly irrelevant” documents in an attempt to build a case against the U.S. tech giant.

The commission was “hoovering up the whole sea bed -- with the intention that it will later see what species of rare fish it finds within its vast nets,” Daniel Jowell, a lawyer for Meta, told a five-judge panel of the EU General Court in Luxembourg on Wednesday in a clash that turns the tables on regulators who often express concerns over data-collection practices of Meta’s Facebook social network.