When Poland banned the Facebook-owned Facebook platform, Polish authorities tried to shut down the platform
Poland’s controversial Facebook ban has been put on hold.
Poland’s National Anti-Corruption Authority (Pkętrkówiego Polski), the main investigative agency of the government, has launched an investigation into whether the Facebook platform is a “commercial monopoly,” which has been used to evade the country’s online laws.
The social network was created by the French technology company Facebook in 2010, and it has grown rapidly over the years to become one of the most popular platforms in Poland.
In the year 2015, Facebook had more than 11 million users, according to data from research firm comScore.
Facebook also owns an English-language version of its app, WhatsApp, which has nearly 2 million users in Poland, and an iPhone app.
The Polish government has blocked WhatsApp from using Facebook’s data, but the company has said it is still open to working with the authorities to allow access to WhatsApp data.
Polish lawmakers recently approved legislation that requires any company that has more than 500,000 users to obtain consent from all users to use their data.
Facebook says it is “extremely concerned” about the law.
“The Polish law on the regulation of the use of data for marketing purposes is not legally binding, but it gives rise to serious concerns, given the widespread use of the platform and its large audience,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters on Monday.
Polands Social Networking Authority (Polskie Polska Niedzwierzna Polszej) and the Facebook office in Warsaw were not immediately available for comment.
In February, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda signed into law a bill that prohibits the use, sharing or sale of Facebook data to third parties, and allows the authorities and civil society to take enforcement action against any person who violates the law, according the government.
Polski’s probe was prompted by the revelation last month that Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, along with the founder of WhatsApp, were lobbying the Polish government to block the social network.
Facebook said it had been “in communication with Polish authorities” about this issue, but has not commented on the specifics of the investigation.