WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) issued the following statement after announcements that the Federal Trade Commission and 48 attorneys general from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam had filed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook alleging that the company has illegally maintained its social networking monopoly through a long-term course of anticompetitive conduct.

“Numerous reports have brought Facebook’s long history of anti-competitive behavior to light. The company’s acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp have made the social media landscape less competitive and worse for users. Big technology companies like Facebook should not have free reign to impose their will on the market, and they must be held accountable when they attempt to do so. I’m glad the FTC and state enforcers are taking action to stop Facebook’s anti-competitive behavior.”