Facebook hit with antitrust probe for tying Oculus use to Facebook accounts


German regulators launched an investigation into Facebook over the company's decision to link its Oculus virtual reality products to the social network, authorities said.


The Federal Cartel Office, or Bundeskartellamt, said it had initiated abuse proceedings over Facebook's plans to require users of the latest Quest 2 virtual reality glasses produced by Oculus to register with a Facebook account.


“Linking virtual reality products and the group's social network in this way could constitute a prohibited abuse of dominance by Facebook,” said Bundeskartellamt president 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 market. We intend to examine whether and to what extent this tying arrangement will affect competition in both areas of activity.”

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