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EU won’t investigate Facebook over WhatsApp revelations

Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios

European competition chief Margrethe Vestager said at an Axios event on Friday that she wouldn’t revisiting Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp, even though the app’s founder claimed this week he had been coached to tell regulators it would be tough to link the platforms, when the company was actively exploring doing so.

What she’s saying: Vestager said that a previous $122 million fine she levied on Facebook for misleading regulators while the deal was being vetted had addressed the issue. She said that “when we did the post merger case on not giving full information, the wording of the decision reflects the seriousness” of the issue.