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In the U.S. case challenging Facebook’s virtual reality agreement, Zuckerberg will testify.

In the U.S. case challenging Facebook’s virtual reality agreement, Zuckerberg will testify.

In the U.S. case challenging Facebook's virtual reality agreement, Zuckerberg will testify.

In the U.S. case challenging Facebook’s virtual reality agreement, Zuckerberg will testify.

— (Reuters) Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Meta Platforms Inc., will appear in court as part of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint that seeks to have the proposed acquisition of VR content producer Within Unlimited by the firm halted.

The FTC identified 18 witnesses it intended to examine in a court filing submitted on Friday to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. These witnesses included Zuckerberg, Within CEO Chris Milk, and Meta Chief Technology Officer Andrew Bosworth.

Additionally, they were listed on a witness list that defendants Meta and Within turned in on Friday.

According to the court filing, Zuckerberg will likely be questioned about the Facebook parent company’s VR business strategy and intentions to promote third-party developers in addition to defending the Within acquisition.

The acquisition of Within by Meta would “tend to create a monopoly” in the market for VR-specific fitness apps, according to a lawsuit the FTC filed in July.

In that market, the regulator claims that the planned acquisition will “significantly diminish competition or seek to create a monopoly.”

“The FTC’s conclusory, hypothetical, and conflicting accusations do not convincingly plead any facts to prove that any supposed market for VR Deliberate Fitness apps is ‘oligopolistic’ as to either behaviour or structure,” according to Meta’s legal argument.

In October 2021, Facebook agreed to purchase Within for an unknown fee.

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