In 2014, European Union (EU) had fined $122 million for offering deceptive facts and figures regarding the takeover of its WhatsApp. In this regard, European Commission claimed that the fair fine imposed is a direct signal to all companies so that they work according to the rules of European Union.
3 years before, when WhatsApp was introduced through Face-Book, it has been educated to European Commission that WhatsApp would not be capable to go with the accounts of users on both programs. However, European Commission clearly mentioned about the fact that members of Face-Book already knew about the way to link the user identity of Face-Book to its WhatsApp number, but Face-Book failed to reveal about this hidden fact.
In reality, within the union notice form, Face-Book placed two violations through offering inappropriate and deceptive facts and figures about their WhatsApp application. The violations committed by Face-Book regarded serious by the European Commission as the Commission was limited from having all the required facts and figures about the transactions made through the WhatsApp.
This is one of the authoritarian punishments contrary to Face-Book because of the violation of firm rules about data protection. However, Face-Book has claimed that the violations were unintentional.
The antitrust leader of European Union, Margrethe Vestager claimed;
“Today’s decision sends a clear signal to companies that they must comply with all aspects of E.U. merger rules.”
In reply, Face-Book also claimed that;
“The Errors we made in our 2014 filings were not intentional. The commission has confirmed that they did not impact the outcome of the merger view.”