On Friday, the Federal Trade Commission asked a federal judge to give it more time to re-file an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, which is the agency’s biggest test of controlling the power of big technology.
In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the agency requested a three-week extension, or until Aug. 19, to amend a lawsuit that 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 court Judge James E. Boasberg rejected a central argument from the FTC, saying prosecutors had not provided enough persuasive facts to back up the claim – that Facebook has a monopoly on social media. But the judge gave the FTC a 30-day window to resubmit his claim.
The new lawsuit will be the first major action by Lina Khan, the new president of the FTC and a critic of Facebook, Google and Amazon who has advocated for the disruption of digital platforms.