The creators of Snapchat submitted to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a dossier on Facebook with various violations of antitrust laws. This was reported by reporters of the Wall Street Journal.
According to the publication, Snapchat developers over the course of several years monitored various Facebook violations and entered them into the dossier. It was called the Voldemort Project. According to the docs, Facebook blocked on Instagram any mention of Snapchat, including hashtag searches. It is also assumed that the social network threatened to refuse verification to popular bloggers who added Snapchat links in the description of their accounts.
In addition, mention is made of the meeting of Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel and Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg, during which the latter tried to put pressure on the creator of the service. According to reporters, Zuckerberg offered to buy the Spiegel app and said that in case of failure, Facebook will begin to copy Snapchat’s features.
It has been suggested that US authorities have long been following Facebook for antitrust violations, such as buying competitors and using Onavo technology to collect Snapchat user data.
According to WSJ, Facebook tried to buy Snapchat in 2013 for $ 3 billion, but service management refused.