Regulators Around the World are Circling Facebook

Regulators on four continents are preparing for a long-awaited showdown with Facebook, after years of disinterest and half-steps.

They largely have the same goal: changing the social media company’s behavior. Figuring out how is the hard part.

Members of the Federal Trade Commission in the United States are weighing what sorts of constraints they would put on Facebook’s business practices. But there is not agreement on those terms within the F.T.C., according to two people familiar with the internal talks who were not allowed to discuss them publicly.

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