UK orders Facebook to sell Giphy, rejects Meta’s proposed merger conditions

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) today ordered Facebook owner Meta to sell Giphy, saying the merger “would reduce competition between social media platforms and that the deal has already removed Giphy as a potential challenger in the display advertising market.”

Facebook bought Giphy in May 2020 for a reported $400 million “but has been required to hold the businesses separate” since June 2020, when the CMA imposed an Initial Enforcement Order (IEO), the UK government body said in a summary of its final report today. After the 17-month investigation, “we have decided that the only effective way to address the competition issues that we have identified is for Facebook to sell Giphy, in its entirety, to a suitable buyer,” the CMA wrote.

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