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FTC Reportedly Investigating Meta’s VR Unit for Anticompetitive Practices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) along with several states, including New York, Tennessee and North Carolina, are reportedly investigating Meta’s virtual reality division in connection with potential anti-competitive behavior. According to , the FTC and state attorneys general involved began interviewing third-party developers last year about whether the company put them at a disadvantage when they tried to compete with its own software.

Some third-party developers claim that Meta frequently copies their best ideas and then makes it harder for their apps to run on its headsets. Among other developers, the outlet highlights the experience of Creator . In 2019, it added a feature to its app that allowed Oculus Quest owners to stream PC games to their headsets. Meta, then known as Facebook, reportedly threatened to remove the app if Godin did not remove the feature. That same year, the company introduced a feature that lets Quest users connect the headset to their PC via a USB-C cable.

It’s unclear how close the FTC might be to filing formal charges against Meta. The agency declined to comment on the matter for Bloomberg. However, what is clear is that Meta is firmly in the FTC’s crosshairs over its various acquisitions. In December, Information reported that the agency had in its plan to purchase studio inside. Separately, this week a federal judge allowed the FTC to continue an investigation seeking to undo the company’s acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram.

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