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UK refers Facebook acquisition of Giphy for in-depth probe

The world’s largest social media firm purchased Giphy in Could final yr to combine it with its quickly rising photo-sharing app, Instagram.

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PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2021 06:18 PM IST

Britain on Thursday referred Fb Inc’s acquisition of GIF web site Giphy for an in-depth probe after the US social media large informed the nation’s competitors watchdog it could not offer any undertakings to deal with its issues.

The regulator final week gave Fb and Giphy 5 working days to supply proposals to deal with its issues over their merger deal, which might have an effect on digital promoting and the provision of animated photos.

The 2 firms didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

The world’s largest social media firm purchased Giphy, an internet site for making and sharing animated photos, or GIFs, in Could final yr to combine it with its quickly rising photo-sharing app, Instagram. Nevertheless, a supply informed Reuters in June that Fb was pausing the combination.

The Competitors and Markets Authority (CMA) started an preliminary investigation in January at a time when the social media community was beneath international regulatory scrutiny over antitrust issues.

After the preliminary investigation, the CMA mentioned that if the 2 firms stay merged, Giphy might have much less incentive to broaden its digital promoting, elevating issues about Fb’s current market energy in show promoting.

Fb had mentioned that Giphy’s integrations with different social platforms like Twitter Snapchat and ByteDance’s TikTok wouldn’t change.

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