The Federal Trade Commission on Friday asked a federal judge for more time to rework its antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, the agency’s biggest test yet of policing the power of Facebook. big technology.
In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the agency asked for a three-week extension, or until August 19, to amend a lawsuit the court dismissed last month. The FTC said in its request that it had reached an agreement with Facebook on the proposed extension.
Last month, federal judge James E. Boasberg rejected the FTC’s core argument, saying that prosecutors had not provided enough compelling facts to substantiate the claim — that Facebook retains its independence. rights to social networks. But the judge gave the FTC 30 days to redo its case.
The new lawsuit will be the first major action by Lina Khan, the new FTC chair and critic of Facebook, Google and Amazon, who have advocated the disintegration of digital platforms.