Facebook Fined Over Rs 7.9 Billion For Misleading WhatsApp Data

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Washington: The European Union on Thursday announced that it will fine Facebook for providing “incorrect or misleading information” in connection with the 2014 purchase of mobile messaging service WhatsApp.

The social media platform will have to pay a fine amount of 110 million euros ($122 million), which will be approx around Rs 7.9 billion with regards to the misleading WhatsApp data issue.

Highlighting more on the issue, European Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy says, “Today’s decision sends a clear signal to companies that they must comply with all aspects of EU merger rules, including the obligation to provide correct information.” The European Commissioner further adds, “And it imposes a proportionate and deterrent fine on Facebook.”

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On Wednesday, Facebook was hit by a 150,000 euros from French authorities due to the “unfair tracking” of its users, after a two-year investigation into whether the social media giant informed its users about how it was collecting data.