Facebook Feared WhatsApp Threat Ahead of 2014 Purchase, Documents Show

The Wall Street Journal Technology 1 month ago

In the months before acquiring WhatsApp in 2014, Facebook Inc. executives described the messaging service and others like it as a threat to the company’s core business, offering potential evidence to regulators in the U.S. and Europe that are pursuing antitrust probes into the social-networking company.

In a trove of internal Facebook documents published Wednesday, including email chains and presentations, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and other executives repeatedly called messaging apps including WhatsApp a threat to Facebook...

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