The Federal Trade Commission( FTC) as well as various moods, including New York, Tennesse and North Carolina, are reportedly investigating Meta’s virtual reality division in relation to potential anti-competitive behavior. According to Bloomberg, the FTC and involved state attorney general began interviewing third-party makes last year to find out if the company has put them at a weaknes when they’ve tried to compete against its own software.
Some third-party makes claim Meta regularly imitates their best ideas and then spawns it harder for their apps to function on its headsets. Among other developers, the store points to the experience of Virtual Desktop pioneer Guy Godin. In 2019, he contributed specific features to his app that allowed Oculus Quest owners to stream PC competitions to their headsets. Meta, then known as Facebook, apparently threatened to delist the app if Godin didn’t remove the feature. That same year, the company released Oculus Link, a feature that allows Quest customers to connect the headset to their PC via a USB-C cable.
It’s unclear how close the FTC may be to filing formal charges against Meta. The authority declined to comment on the matter for Bloomberg. However, what is clear is that Meta is firmly in the FTC’s crosshairs over the various specific acquisitions. In December, The Information reported relevant agencies had opened a probe into its proposed $400 million bargain to buy Supernatural studio Within. Separately, this week a federal gues gave the FTC to proceed with an amended antitrust dispute that seeks to undo the company’s buys of WhatsApp and Instagram.
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