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Facebook seeks divestment of Instagram, WhatsApp messenger.

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The suits allege Facebook sought to squelch competition by acquiring the messaging applications — Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014.

United States federal and state antitrust enforcers filed suit against Facebook on Wednesday claiming the social media giant abused its dominant position and seeking to unwind its acquisitions of messaging services Instagram and WhatsApp.

Separate suits filed by the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of state officials called for the divestment of Instagram and WhatsApp, services which are part of the Facebook “family” of applications.

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“Facebook’s actions to entrench and maintain its monopoly deny consumers the benefits of competition,” said Ian Conner, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition.

“Our aim is to roll back Facebook’s anticompetitive conduct and restore competition so that innovation and free competition can thrive.”

A separate legal action was filed by antitrust enforcers from 48 US states and territories.

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“For nearly a decade, Facebook has used its dominance and monopoly power to crush smaller rivals and snuff out competition, all at the expense of everyday users,” said New York state Attorney General Letitia James, who leads the coalition.

The action presages a fierce court battle seeking to force Facebook to divest the apps which have become an increasingly important element of the business model of the California giant and integrated into its technology.

Facebook said it would “vigorously” defend its actions and denied abusing its position.

“Antitrust laws exist to protect consumers and promote innovation, not to punish successful businesses,” Facebook general counsel Jennifer Newstead said in a statement.

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“Instagram and WhatsApp became the incredible products they are today because Facebook invested billions of dollars, and years of innovation and expertise, to develop new features and better experiences for the millions who enjoy those products.”

Newstead added that these deals had been approved years ago by the FTC, which she said meant “the government now wants a do-over, sending a chilling warning to American business that no sale is ever final.”

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Consumer harm?
Some analysts argued the antitrust cases would have difficulty proving Facebook harmed consumers since its services are largely free.

Jessica Melugin of the Competitive Enterprise Institute libertarian think tank called the actions “political theater dressed up as antitrust law” and argued that “a billion consumers worldwide have benefited from Facebook’s purchase of Instagram and WhatsApp.”

Cleveland State University law professor Christopher Sagers said the case may have merit because Facebook “has been an unabashedly predatory and exclusionary bully in every sector it’s been involved in.”

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But he also noted that “American antitrust law is now so hard to enforce in all cases, especially in cases like this, involving no conspiracy among competitors, and rather involving only one big firm’s unilateral conduct.”

Tiffany Li, a Boston University law professor who studies the sector, said that while Facebook has rivals bidding for internet users’ attention it has a big advantage because of its access to data.

“One company having exclusive ownership of vast amounts of user data, with no potential for interoperability or access to competitors, can be anti-competitive,” she said.

The FTC announced earlier this year it would review acquisitions made by five Big Tech firms over the past decade, opening the door to a wave of potential antitrust investigations.

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The consumer protection agency said it would review deals made by Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google parent Alphabet since 2010 amid growing complaints about tech platforms which have dominated key economic sectors.

The US Justice Department, which shares antitrust enforcement with the FTC, in October sued Google parent Alphabet, accusing the Silicon Valley giant of maintaining an “illegal monopoly” in online search and advertising and opening the door to a potential breakup. Eleven US states joined that case.

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Reactions as IG influencer, Adeherself regains freedom from EFCC

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Instagram influencer, Adeherself has thanked all those who helped her while she was in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Adeherself was arrested alongside some yahoo boys for cyber crimes and has since been charged to court.

Released on bail, she appeared in a video with her mum in which she was short of words to say while thanking her well-wishers.

Below are a few reactions to the video.

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badderman_ice wrote: “As far say na Naija and u get Money u are always Free. If Hushpuppi and co were all arrested in Nigeria 🇳🇬 ni they go don free them since”

doc_ore001 wrote: “In Nigeria, Bail means CASE IS OVER, YOU’RE FREE TO GO. Seems na fraud all of us go do las las…just make sure u steal enough to bail urself out when caught, na so e be”.

rico_makanaki: “If you Dey do yahoo make sure you Dey pick better money , then you’re safe”


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IG users blast Mr. P after saying he tested positive for COVID-19 – says he is copying Davido.

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Nigerians have reacted in disbelief after Peter Okoye, one half of the defunct music group, P’Square said in a recent Instagram post that himself, his wife and kids had the deadly Coronavirus.

The music artist took to his account on popular photo and video sharing social network, Instagram to reveal this in a lengthy video.

The ‘One More Time’ crooner stated in the video that for the past three weeks he had been sick and he decided to keep it to himself and it was a three wells of hell for him and his family.

Then he went on to say he had COVID-19, he was tested and the result claimed he was positive, so he had to isolate himself in his house guest room.

He said apart from himself, two of his domestic staffs also tested positive and after a week his daughter tested positive too.

The doctor then advised that his daughter needed to be self isolated in her own room too. He felt bad about this and had to always video call his daughter.

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He then went on to say his wife did something courageous by saying, she can’t leave her daughter all alone that she’d rather be infected too then she brought her to the master bedroom and they stayed together.

Days later, their daughter was negative and his wife, Lola was positive.

Then went on tell that the virus is very much real and that they’re all negative.

Meanwhile, some Nigerians do not believe his story as they claimed he was lying and only trying to copy Davido.


#Newsworthy…

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BBNaija: How tacha reacted to Mercy’s new IG post shocked many. [See.. ]


It appears a kind of friendly relationship will soon pop up between reality tv star rivals, Tacha and Mercy after Tacha dropped a nice comment on a post that featured Mercy on Instagram.

Mercy and Tacha have been rivals since the 2019 Big Brother Naija show and their fans took the war between BBNaija former housemates to another level even after the show that pitched them together ended.

However, despite the line drawn by fans, the duo may be heading for a reconciliation soon with this move from Tacha.


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Davido turns most followed African celeb with 15 million followers


WOW! Davido has now become the first African celebrity to amassed 15 Million followers on Instagram.
The “Risky” crooner is known for his frequent posting and the engagement on his Instagram page is second to none, it’s no surprise that he’s followership on the social media platform is skyrocketing.

And in case you don’t know, Davido is now 5 Million+ followers ahead of Wizkid on the same Instagram.

Congrats to O.B.O


#Newsworthy…

Ronaldo, first Instagram user to gather 200M followers ..


Portuguese footballer and Serie A club Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first Instagram user to gather two hundred million followers on the platform.

Former Manchester United player, announced the milestone by sharing a photo montage on Wednesday.


Sharing a thank you message, the Juventus forward wrote, “Wow 200 million!!! Thank you to each and every one of you for sharing this journey with me every day!”

The five-time Ballon d’or winner is the second person with the most followers on Instagram. The only account that comes before his is Instagram itself with 330 million followers.


Singer Ariana Grande is third with 173.1 million followers.

Footballer Lionel Messi of Barcelona ranks eighth with 141.8 million and Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar is 10th at 132.6 million followers.


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the second-highest athlete with 170.1 million, though he doesn’t currently compete and could be considered an athlete/actor hybrid.

Lionel Messi of Barcelona ranks eighth with 141.8 million and Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar is 10th at 132.6 million.

According to Forbeds, Ronaldo is paid nearly $1 million for each post on Instagram. While Messi has the second-highest Instagram income at $23.3 million.

Ronaldo is also the most liked athlete on Facebook with around 122.3 million likes on the site and 124.4 million followers.


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Kobe, na you kill yourself – Instagram comedian, Mr. Jollof..


Nigerian Instagram comedian cum politician, Freedom Astepoyi also known as Mr. Jollof has ignited the wrath of social media users due to the comment he made regarding the tragic death of former NBA Star, Kobe Bryant.

Mr. Jollof, who has carved a niche for himself as a social media ranter, took to his Instagram page to react to the death of the star and in doing so, insinuated that Kobe caused his own death by acquiring the helicopter in the first place.

However, in an effort to save face, he deleted the video but that was not after the video was saved and shared on social media and as such, he’s currently facing a backlash for his comment



https://www.instagram.com/yabaleftonline/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_mid=3DADAAD7-6E5B-4F70-A341-6CEAAEF76F47



#Newsworthy…

Aunty Bobrisky blocked me on Instagram, Help me beg her – James Brown

…I miss her already


Nigerian cross-dresser and Instagram Sensation, James Brown has taken to his Instagram story to call on Nigerians to help him beg ‘aunty Bobrisky’ to unblock him on Instagram.

One won’t be wrong to assume James sees Bobrisky as his idol and this is truly a sad moment for him as he claims he misses her and he can’t still believe she blocked him.


IN his words;

”I can’t believe my aunty, Bobrisky blocked me, help me beg her, i miss her already”

It remains unclear, what James did to warrant the ‘block’ from Bobrisky.



#Newsworthy…

Is your brother dead? – Kcee slam troll


Nigerian singer, Kcee was dragged into an Instagram exchange with a troll who questioned him about his properties.

Replying the troll, Kcee asked if his brother is dead after he (troll) said that the singer is always showing off E-Money’s properties.


See the Instagram exchange below;

Is your brother dead? Kcee asks troll who accused him of always showing off E-Money


#Newsworthy…

Reactions as Lasisi Elenu mimics Yahoo boys (Video)


Oap, actor and comic actor Lasisi Elenu, popular for his funny skits on Instagram, shared a video of how yahoo boys react to Hausas who change dollars to Naira for them.

The comedian was accurate in his post and fans are wondering if he is or was a yahoo boy before now.

Video

https://www.instagram.com/lasisielenu/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_mid=3DADAAD7-6E5B-4F70-A341-6CEAAEF76F47

https://www.instagram.com/lasisielenu/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_mid=3DADAAD7-6E5B-4F70-A341-6CEAAEF76F47

Earlier this month the content creator also made a video about when Sars picks up a yahoo boy and social media went into a frenzy.


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(Videos) See reactions as lasisi elenu gimmicks YAHOO Boys & SARZ


Instagram comedian and content creator, popular for his funny skits have made a video of how Yahoo Boys and Sars clash on a daily.

The comic act didn’t miss a thing while putting together this visual. Twitter fans are reacting to the video.

https://twitter.com/thickgirldora


Footballer, Ighalo and wife delete themselves from IG over fight


Super Eagles footballer, Jude Ighalo and his wife Sonia, have deleted each others pictures from their Instagram pages amidst reports that their 10-year-old marriage is in crisis.

Rumors have been rife that their marriage has been in crisis since he built his massive house in Lagos and has been more in Nigeria while Sonia and their three children are based in London.

A look at their Instagram pages yesterday January 4th, showed that the football star and Sonia who used to celebrate each other on Instagram, have deleted every post they made of themselves.

They also failed to celebrate each other during their 10th wedding anniversary last year. See a photo of them at their 9th wedding anniversary dinner in 2018 below..

Footballer, Jude Ighalo and wife, Sonia, delete each other

Also in 2018, the Ighalos wowed Nigerians with their beautiful Christmas photos but in 2019, they did not share any Christmas photo

Footballer, Jude Ighalo and wife, Sonia, delete each other

A quick check also showed they are no longer following each other on Instagram.

Footballer, Jude Ighalo and wife, Sonia, delete each other

Footballer, Jude Ighalo and wife, Sonia, delete each other

Ighalo shared photos of himself alone as he wished his followers a happy end of 2019 and a Happy New Year 2020

Footballer, Jude Ighalo and wife, Sonia, delete each other

Footballer, Jude Ighalo and wife, Sonia, delete each other

See previous screenshoots of posts they both made in the past celebrating each other on IG.

Footballer, Jude Ighalo and wife, Sonia, delete each other

Footballer, Jude Ighalo and wife, Sonia, delete each other


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(Video) Pregnancy may have happened assuming I’ve not being using condom – Bobrisky.

…says ‘i am ready for either way’


Bobrisky has taking to his social media page on Instagram to reveal that he is starting to look pregnant.

According to the social media sensation, this could have been possible due to her having unprotected sex. She shared this via a video on IG.


Bob captioned the video, saying this may have happened due to her not using a condom but she is very much ready for whatever comes her way.

”Someone is looking for pregnancy. I haven’t been using condom lately though. Flesh sweet die but be ready to face the later result.”

https://www.instagram.com/bobrisky222/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_mid=3DADAAD7-6E5B-4F70-A341-6CEAAEF76F47


#Newsworthy…

Cardi B describes her she elevated from grass to grace.


Cardi B took to Instagram on New Year’s Eve to list what she accomplished over the last decade.

She wrote: “2010 I was fresh outta high school. I stop going to college stripped 6 nights a week till I got my own studio apartment in the BX. Im ending the decade with a lot accomplishment in my career. Owning properties including my dream home with a beautiful family and lots more in 2020…

“Moral of the story is BIT** BE PATIENT.. It took me ten whole years bit**”

Cardi B describes her rags-to-riches story in an Instagram post on New Year


#Newsworthy…

Comedian, Craze clown shares loved up photo with JoJo, said it’s been an 8 years journey.


Craze Clown and his fiancee, Jojo have really come a long way.

The popular Instagram comedian who announced their engagement last night has taken to his page to share a series of images of them including a before and after photo and then wrote: ‘It’s been an 8years journey to this point … We have a lot of stories to tell our kids wifey @jojowigs I Love You. Thanks for calming my Craze.’


#Newsworthy…

Why I left Kingtblakhoc – Maami Igbagbo says he was hiring porn stars.

Maami Igbagbo, the ex-girlfriend of Kingtblakhoc has opened up on why she dumped the popular Nigerian porn star to set-up her own porn company.

Recounting how she met her ex-boyfriend, Maami Igbagbo said she met him shortly after her mother died in 2016. According to her, Kingtblakhoc is a good person and not who everyone think he is.

She further disclosed that their issue began after she started getting offers that ran into millions from different people after she began featuring in his porn movies. Maami Igbagbo said her ex-boyfriend got quite emotional and skeptical about her sticking with him as most girls that featured in his porn movies in the past left after same offers started rolling in.

Maami Igbagbo disclosed that Kingtblakhoc lost focus after that and began inviting girls who stay at guest houses to their rented apartment. She further revealed that he refused heeding to her warning in spite of getting sexually transmitted infections from the girls he invited in and subsequently infecting her.

#Newsworthy…

(Video) Jane mena twerks on husband’s laps during wedding.

On Saturday December 14th, dancer, Jane Mena, got married to her fiance, Andre, in Delta state.

Jane wowed guests at her wedding when she hopped on her hubby and gave him a steamy lap dance.

Photos/Video: Instagram dancer, Jane Mena twerks on her hubby at their traditional wedding in Delta

See photos and videos from their wedding below.

Photos/Video: Instagram dancer, Jane Mena twerks on her hubby at their traditional wedding in Delta

Photos/Video: Instagram dancer, Jane Mena twerks on her hubby at their traditional wedding in Delta

Photos/Video: Instagram dancer, Jane Mena twerks on her hubby at their traditional wedding in Delta

Photos/Video: Instagram dancer, Jane Mena twerks on her hubby at their traditional wedding in Delta

Photos/Video: Instagram dancer, Jane Mena twerks on her hubby at their traditional wedding in Delta

Video

https://www.instagram.com/p/B6F1__bnq3-/?igshid=fi0q75jgq2c3

#Newsworthy…

Etinosa says her life isn’t for publicity.

Etinosa Idemudia has spoken about her somewhat controversial public life, saying that nothing in her life is a publicity stunt.

Recall that the actress made headlines after she went nude on Instagram and later used the Bible as an ashtray while smoking. And people felt she was using the videos as publicity stunts to grab attention, N.Rs report

Speaking with newsmen, the actress said nothing about her controversial life is a publicity stunt. And that whatever happens on Instagram or the media is real life.

Etinosa

“Nothing in my life has been a publicity stunt. Nigerians always try to make up stories to help their mind comprehend happenings around them. Whatever happens on Instagram or the media is real life. I advise lovers to be happy and not care what anyone says, as long as they are not breaking the law. Age difference shouldn’t affect how two people respectfully relate with each other, love and co-exist.”

Speaking about the car gift (Mercedes Benz) she got from a fan during her recent trip to Dubai, Etinosa told our correspondent that there was more to the story but it was entirely her business.

“People don’t give such a gift to random strangers. Some things are pretty obvious. It all started in my inbox (DM) does not mean that’s all there is (to it). There’s more and that’s my business, not my fans.’

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