Snap, the parent company of the Snapchat app has over the years kept track of Facebook’s competitive moves in a dossier called “Project Voldemort.” Over the belief that Facebook has been copying features made popular by Snapchat and adding them to Instagram and its other apps.
Project Voldemort contains files that chronicle Facebook tactics which includes discouraging influencers from mentioning Snap on their Instagram accounts and preventing Snap content from trending on Instagram.
Project Voldemort reportedly came to light as part of an antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into Facebook’s business practices. The FTC is talking with a number of currents and former Facebook competitors as part of its investigation, according to the Journal.
Facebook in July confirmed the FTC had opened an antitrust investigation into the company. The investigation was revealed the same day that the FTC announced that it was hitting Facebook with a record $5 billion fine for its earlier privacy mishaps.
Facebook doesn’t just face an antitrust investigation from the FTC. In June, the House antitrust subcommittee announced it was launching an investigation of Facebook, Google and other tech companies. Attorneys general from several states and Washington DC have also joined together to investigate the social network over potential antitrust violations.