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Companies sue Facebook in US court over alleged antitrust practices

Facebook Inc. is facing an antitrust suit over claims that it blocked developer access to its platform in order to eliminate potential competitors, Reuters reported, citing a court filing.

Four companies are seeking class-action status and unspecified damages against the social networking company in the lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Facebook has been in a spat with small app developers over access to the platform's user data. In 2015, U.S. software company Six4Three LLC sued Facebook over allegations that the latter's data policies were anti-competitive and favored certain companies over others.

At the time, the social networking company said the claims lacked merit.