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Meta Goes to Trial to Defend VR Deal From Antitrust Enforcers

  • Eight-day hearing kicks off in federal court in San Jose
  • Deal for Within fitness app is part metaverse growth strategy
Lina Khan
Lina KhanPhotographer: Graeme Jennings/Washington Examiner/Bloomberg

Meta Platforms Inc. faces a major test to its metaverse strategy starting Thursday in California federal court as US antitrust enforcers seek to block the social network from buying a virtual reality startup. 

The Federal Trade Commission argues that Meta’s plan to buy Within, the maker of fitness app Supernatural, is intended to give the tech giant a leg up in dominating the burgeoning VR market. The eight-day hearing in San Jose represents a test case for FTC Chair Lina Khan and her more aggressive strategy on mergers, especially by digital giants.