Facebook says government breakup of Instagram and WhatsApp would be 'complete ...

Facebook believes a government attempt to breakup the social media giant from Instagram and Whatsapp would be a 'complete nonstarter' effort that would cost the company billions and defy established law. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, the 14-page document was drafted by Facebook staff based on work it commissioned from lawyers at Sidley Austin LLP.

The newspaper reported that the document sheds light on how Facebook may defend itself if it is sued on antitrust grounds.

Facebook, which acquired Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014, has been the target of sweeping antitrust investigations by the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission. Amazon and Apple have also been targets of such investigations. 

According to the document, the company made big investments to boost growth on WhatsApp and Instagram and also share operations that are integrated. 

Facebook says that if the government tried to unwind those deals, it would be nearly impossible to achieve and force the company to spend billions to maintain separate systems. 

The maintenance of the separate systems would weaken security and bring harm to the user experience, Facebook claimed. 

'A "breakup" of Facebook is thus a complete nonstarter,' the document reads.  

In 2012 emails published by the antitrust subcommittee over the summer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said it would be difficult to compete with Instagram as the reason for buying the social media company. 

'There are network effects around social products and a finite number of different social mechanics to invent,' Zuckerberg wrote in one email. 'Once someone wins at a specific mechanic, it's difficult for others to supplant them without doing something different.'

Facebook says that if the government tried to unwind those deals, it would be nearly impossible to achieve and force the company to spend billions to maintain separate systems. The maintenance of the separate systems would weaken security, Facebook claimed

Facebook says that if the government tried to unwind those deals, it would be nearly impossible to achieve and force the company to spend billions to maintain separate systems. The maintenance of the separate systems would weaken security,

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