A US congressional committee has requested a trove of internal Facebook documents that the company’s critics claim will demonstrate how the social media giant unfairly leveraged its market dominance to crush or absorb competitors.
The request by the House Judiciary Committee comes amid a flurry of new antitrust investigations of technology giants, including ones by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general. At issue here is a cache of internal Facebook documents unearthed in a case brought by Six4Three, a defunct startup whose founders have waged a bitter four-year legal battle with the social network.
In a nine-page September 13 letter obtained by The Associated Press, the House Committee requested all substantive filings from Six4Three’s lawsuit. That would include thousands of pages of internal Facebook documents and emails—some authored by CEO Mark Zuckerberg—that were ordered sealed by a California judge. The AP has obtained many of these documents.
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