Facebook fined $122 million by the EU over its WhatsApp acquisition


Facebook has been under investigation over its acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014 for some time now. When the EU approved the deal, Facebook claimed that it would be unable to make any connections between the Facebook and WhatsApp accounts of individual users. However, in 2016 the team behind the popular messaging app announced it will be sharing user data with its new parent company.

This sparked an outrage from many users, and also lead to an investigation from the European Commission. Long story short, the Commission concluded that Facebook provided misleading information on two separate occasions. This made it slap a fine on Zuck and company for a total of $122 million.


This decision will not affect the approval of the merger, but it's still considered a very serious offense by the European Commission, since Facebook not only provided misleading information twice, but was also aware of the possibility to connect the accounts on the two platforms from the get-go. However, the company did “acknowledge its infringement of the rules and waived its procedural rights to have access to the file and to an oral hearing”, which the Commission listed as a mitigation factor.

All of the above had an impact on determining the final fine, which could have been up to 1% of the aggregated turnover of the companies.

source: European Commission via MacRumors

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10 Comments

1. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

so when am i (as a user) getting my share of the $122millions???

3. Phonehex

Posts: 764; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Dont use , you wont get a penny anyway !

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Time to leave EU and call for Facexit

9. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Can you even pronounce it? Sounds like a Chinese name

4. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Good job EU. They leave nobody when it comes to privacy issues. MS, Google, FB all go under the hammer.

5. barcas

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Erm so here's a fine facebook but you can still do what you weren't meant to do anyway!? Surely that's more of a fee then a fine

6. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

...exactly, well said.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6796; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I think it's time the European Union was disbanded. And here's a question: why are they entitled to this money and what is going to be done with it. Oh wait never mind...the big crash is coming, and the powers that be need to line their pockets...fast.

8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You don't understand, get your tongue out of your neighbour's arse for once so you see the bigger picture

10. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Hey those migrants aren't going to pay for themselves

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