Facebook has criticized the U.K. competition watchdog's provisional decision ordering that it sell off Giphy because it said the acquisition of the company stifles competition for animated images.
The social network's strongly worded response to the Competition and Markets Authority sets the stage for a battle over the future of Giphy.
In the Wednesday (9/8) letter, Facebook said the watchdog's decision contained "fundamental errors." The U.S. company questioned whether the authority's call to sell Giphy after acquiring it last year would be effective or enforceable.
"The CMA's complete divestiture remedy is grossly unreasonable and disproportionate," Facebook said.
Giphy's library of short looping videos, or GIFs, are a popular tool for internet users sending messages or posting on social media.
The watchdog opened an investigation into the acquisition shortly after Facebook announced the deal reportedly worth $ More