Facebook may have to pay the European Union $112.4 million fine (110 million euros) over misleading information on its purchase of messaging service, WhatsApp, in 2014.

The EU's antitrust regulators issued a statement on the fine on Wednesday.

It describes the penalty as a "proportionate and deterrent fine".

The European Commission, which acts as the EU’s competition watchdog, said Facebook had said it could not automatically match user accounts on its namesake platform and WhatsApp but 2 years later launched a service that did exactly that.

“The Commission has found that, contrary to Facebook’s statements in the 2014 merger review process, the technical possibility of automatically matching Facebook and WhatsApp users’ identities already existed in 2014, and that Facebook staff were aware of such a possibility,” the Commission said.

Reuters reports that the commission added that the fine would not reverse the Commission’s decision to clear the purchase of WhatsApp and was unrelated to separate investigations into data protection issues.