The Competition and Markets Authority said that the deal would let Facebook “increase its already significant market power” by denying or limiting other platforms’ access to Giphy GIFs and driving traffic to Facebook-owned sites. It has noted previously that there’s only one other big provider of GIFs, Google’s Tenor.
The regulator also was concerned that the deal removed potential competition from the U.K.’s 7 billion pound ($9.3 billion) display advertising market, of which Facebook controls half.
It’s the first time the watchdog has sought to unwind a tech deal, marking an escalation by regulators seeking to tame digital giants.
Facebook, which has been renamed Meta, said it disagreed with the decision and is considering all its options, including an appeal.
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