The European Commission has charged Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) with supplying misleading information during its purchase of WhatsApp, the company may be fined up to $179 million on Tuesday. The statement of objections has been received by Facebook following the EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, demanding Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) to pay Ireland $14 billion in taxes.
“The Commission’s preliminary view is that Facebook gave us incorrect or misleading information during the investigation into its acquisition of WhatsApp,” Vestager said. Facebook has until January 31st to respond.
Following this charge, Facebook has halted its sharing of WhatsApp user information with Facebook.