Germany opens antitrust probe into Facebook and Oculus account linking
Germany opens antitrust probe into Facebook and Oculus account linking
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If you get banned from Facebook, you could get banned from Oculus too
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Germany begins legal action against Facebook for their Oculus login requirements

Germany begins legal action against Facebook for their Oculus login requirementsGermany’s Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) has announced that they are opening formal abuse proceedings against Facebook after the introduction of their new login requirements for the Quest 2.We have previously reported on the controversy surrounding Oculus and Facebooks decision to require a Facebook account to access the Quest 2 in the past. The requirements have been seen as anti-competitive by forcing users to take part in a separate service in order to use their product.
#Bundeskartellamt examines linkage between #Oculus and the #Facebook network #VRPR➡️https://t.co/MXFJY7untv pic.twitter.com/zp4FxSxdyw— Bundeskartellamt (@Kartellamt)
The Bundeskartellamt is the German governments national authority on issues of competition. According to their announcement, they are opening an inquest to investigate “the linkage between Oculus virtual reality products and the social network and Facebook platform.”
According to the President of the Federal Cartel Office, Andreas Mundt:“With its social network Facebook holds a dominant position in Germany and is also already an important player in the emerging but growing VR (virtual reality) market. We intend to examine whether and to what extent this tying arrangement will affect competition in both areas of activity.”Facebook already halted sales of Oculus products in Germany prior to the release of the Quest 2 and it’s likely that Germans may not be able to purchase the devices for a long time to come.

Healthcare Is Big on Virtual Reality. From diagnostics to treatment to practicing difficult surgical procedures, healthcare institutions are incorporating virtual reality into many facets of the industry. By combining diagnostic images from CAT scans and ultrasounds, healthcare professionals are able to use software to create 3D virtual models to help surgeons decide the best locations for surgical incisions and prepare for surgery.

A similar case was introduced in the US on December 9th. The United States Federal Trade Commission announced that it had filed a lawsuit with the Washington, D.C. US District Court alleging anticompetitive practices. This suit is not focused on Oculus alone but rather it looks at the wider ranging implications of Facebooks anti-competitive practices.If these lawsuits and investigations are successful, we could potentially see properties that are currently owned by Facebook like WhatsApp, Instagram, and even Oculus be divested from the larger company and spin off into their own separately owned entities.
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Petition · Rollback the forced switch to Facebook accounts on the Oculus platform. · Change.org
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