Meta reportedly facing FTC probe over its acquisition of VR workout app ‘Supernatural’

Meta, formerly Facebook, is firmly in the FTC’s crosshairs over its various possessions that relevant agencies speculates may have been made to dominate the seat and eliminate tournament. According to The Information, one of the acquisitions the Federal Trade Commission is looking into is its $ 400 million administer to acquire Within, the developer of favourite virtual reality workout app Supernatural for the Oculus platform.

The agency apparently opened a probe into the purchase after Thanksgiving, almost a month after the companies announced their purchases back in October. If the report is true — neither the FTC nor the companies proved the regulatory re-examine to the publication — then Within and Meta wouldn’t be able to finalize the transaction for another year. It could take even longer than that if the agency challenges it in court.

Within wasn’t the only VR app make that Meta had acquired, but the others were apparently too small to be investigated. VR fitness apps, like at-home workout equipment, flew in esteem during the lockdown, and Supernatural quickly became popular after its open in April 2020. As The Information notes, one of the FTC’s possible orders of research is whether Meta was planning to develop a VR workout app of its own. It will make Meta less time to snap up an existing product than make one of its own, after all.

Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg famously said in the past that “it’s better to buy than to compete, ” with regards to Facebook’s Instagram acquisition. The FTC recently filed brand-new antitrust blames against the company, accusing it of using its Instagram and WhatsApp buys in 2012 and 2014 to secure its position in the market. Meta is still also facing an investigation over its reported $ 400 million Giphy purchase in 2020.

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