Facebook slapped fine of $122million over misleading WhatsApp data

The EU sanction comes after Facebook received 150,000 euro fine by a French data watchdog for failing to prevent its users' data being accessed by advertisers.

  • Published: May 18, 2017 3:28 PM IST

The European Union announced it will fine Facebook for providing “incorrect or misleading information” in connection with the 2014 purchase of mobile messaging service WhatsApp. The fine amount is 110 million euros ($122 million), Efe news reported.

“Today’s decision sends a clear signal to companies that they must comply with all aspects of EU merger rules, including the obligation to provide correct information,” European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said in a statement. “And it imposes a proportionate and deterrent fine on Facebook.”

On Wednesday, Facebook was hit by a 150,000 euros from French authorities due to the “unfair tracking” of its users, after a two-year investigation into whether the social media giant informed its users about how it was collecting data. ALSO READ: Beware of the fake WhatsApp URL that claims to change color theme, it’s an adware

  • Published Date: May 18, 2017 3:28 PM IST