Facebook ‘misled’ EU on how creepy buying WhatsApp would be

In 2014 Facebook spent a whopping $19bn buying everyone’s favourite chat app, WhatsApp.

The deal came under a huge amount of scrutiny: from the media (“they spent HOW much?”); users (“don’t let Facebook ruin my WhatsApp”); and regulators (“what does this mean for competition?”).

Its deal went through, and all was right in the world… for a while.

This morning the European Commission, which scrutinised the mammoth deal three years ago, levied an historic £94m fine against

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