Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has been ordered to pay nearly $175 million for violating patents held by the maker of a push-to-talk app founded by a former Green Beret. Dreamstime/TNS

The parent company of Facebook and Instagram was ordered to pay nearly $175 million for violating patents held by the maker of a push-to-talk app founded by a former Green Beret who had sought to solve battlefield communications problems he encountered in Afghanistan.

A federal jury in Austin, Texas, deliberated for a day before finding that Meta Platforms Inc. infringed two patents held by Voxer Inc., and awarded Voxer $174.5 million in damages, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

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