Facebook sued over Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook sued over Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook sued over Cambridge Analytica scandal

A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed cyber code in this illustration taken March 22, 2016. Out of the 500 people on the richest billionaires list, none have lost as much as Zuckerberg in 2018.

The tech community expressed skepticism of this audit upon its publication, specifically because Facebook new that data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica had accessed personal data from millions of users.

Attorney General Karl Racine said company's practices exposed 340,000 District residents - almost half of D.C.'s population - to potential "manipulation for political purposes". "Partnerships are one area of focus and, as we've said, we're winding down the integration partnerships that were built to help people access Facebook", he said.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg wrote as an introduction to the report that "Civil rights are core to American values of equality, dignity and freedom from discrimination". Facebook revealed in September that hackers had taken advantage of a piece of code allowing them to take over users' accounts.

Incoming Republican senator Josh Hawley made similar comments about Zuckerberg's testimony.

Those are the words of Laura Murphy, a former director of the ACLU Legislative Office, who Facebook commissioned to conduct the audit, earlier this year. To ensure that none of the active third-party applications were selling or exploiting users' private data. The lawsuit alleges the quiz software had data on 340,000 D.C. residents, though just 852 users had directly engaged with it.


The suit is based on a number of recent Facebook controversies.

In the United Kingdom, the company was fined £500,000 over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the maximum fine the British data regulator can impose.

Since then, Facebook has disclosed a pair of security breaches involving profile data and posts of up to 29 million users and 6.8 million users, respectively.

Facebook has reportedly already produced "reams of documents" in response to the attorney general's investigation, officials said.

The social network said it strengthened efforts against voter suppression, brought in voting experts to inform its policies, added ways for users to report incorrect voting information and created channels for state election authorities to report potential voter suppression content. Facebook also highlighted its "war room" efforts to combat fake election news leading up to the midterms.

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