What you need to know
- Facebook parent company Meta is being forced to sell Giphy.
- The UK's Competition and Market Authority says the acquisition could allow Facebook to significantly increase its market power in social media.
- Specifically by denying access to GIFs on platforms that aren't owned by Facebook.
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has ordered Facebook parent company, Meta, to sell Giphy.
The CMA stated today:
The CMA says a review of the merger concluded Facebook would "be able to increase its already significant market power in relation to other social media platforms" by denying access to Giphy GIFs on other platforms, driving traffic to Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, and by changing terms of access for platforms like TikTok, Twitter, and Snapchat that could have seen those sites forced to hand over more data in order to use Giphy GIFs.
The CMA also found that Giphy's advertising could compete with Facebook's own display advertising and that by terminating this at the time of the merger Facebook removed "an important source of potential competition."
The CMA has already fined Meta some £50 million over the merger and has now ordered Giphy be sold in its entirety. A Meta spokesperson told The Guardian:
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"Specifically by denying access to GIFs on platforms that aren't owned by Facebook." That would never happen, because Meta would just be hurting themselves more in the public eye. Besides their are alternatives to animated GIFs.
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