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Facebook has failed to neutralise an order from Britain's competition regulator freezing its buyout of Giphy after having "sat on its hands" and failed to answer questions, the Court of Appeal has found. Judge Sir Geoffrey Vos said "the central problem in this case was entirely of Facebook's own making" as he dismissed its …

  1. A Non e-mouse Silver badge
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    Love it when the courts give a kicking to the multinationals who think they are above the law.

    1. Chris G Silver badge

      Particularly when it is the Zuckerborg empire that likes to think it can ignore governments or anyone else.

      Giphy sounds like a nice outfit, I hope it gets broken without a buyout from FB.

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        @Chris G - Actually

        FB can and is ignoring governments.

        1. Chris G Silver badge

          Re: @Chris G - Actually

          @AC

          How much longer do you think Facebook can go, ignoring governments before one of them really gets the hump?

          Big and wealthy as it is, FB is not a match for a government.

          1. IGotOut Silver badge

            Re: @Chris G - Actually

            Facebook: You can't touch us.

            Government

            Facebook.com 0.0.0.0

            Done

            1. big_D Silver badge

              Re: @Chris G - Actually

              Been there, done that. My home is my castle and Facebook is unroutable from my castle - although it is more than just Facebook.com, it is over 2,500 individual domains at last count.

        2. msobkow Bronze badge

          Re: @Chris G - Actually

          Not entirely surprising seeing as they have the capital to just *buy* a lot of jurisdictions that have objections... certainly more than enough money to "wait it out" in court.

          Unfortunately for Zuck, foreign courts are not in love with American profiteers like American courts are.

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "web tracking beacons cunningly disguised as funny little animated images"

    I always marvel at the intelligence of people who can purposely lie in order to get money.

    Giphy is a company that wants to track you, just like Google. In order to do so, they imagined chat images, because everyone likes to add an emoticon now and then.

    They made them funny, which makes them appealing, increasing their chance of use.

    But all of this is to enhance their tracking ability, siphoning your private life to sell it to ad companies.

    Giphy is a bunch of vampires.

    Not surprising that El Zuck wants to get his hands on it.

    1. Rich 2 Silver badge

      Re: "web tracking beacons cunningly disguised as funny little animated images"

      Sounds very much like Giphy should be decreed illegal and shut down

  3. Winkypop Silver badge
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    Everyone wants a piece of you

    Except Facebook, they want it all.

  4. msobkow Bronze badge

    With any luck, arrogance will destroy Zuck's empire where incompetence has been unseuccessful.

    1. LybsterRoy Bronze badge

      Unfortunately, even if the lucky event happens, he will still have more money than most of the world will see in several lifetimes. What's needed is to dismantle his empire and remove all his money, and because I don't trust him, all his family's and friend's money as well. If they can prove that they won't pass it back to dear old Mark then they can have their money back.

  5. GreggS

    prognostications

    great word. Must try and use it today.

    1. Jonathan Richards 1 Silver badge
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      Re: prognostications

      ...and look, you did!

      1. GreggS

        Re: prognostications

        I predicted as much.

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