Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just been sued by the Washington DC Attorney General over the Cambridge Analytica Facebook scandal that blew up the data of millions of Americans.
The Washington DC Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg, seeking to: Holding Facebook Co-Founder Personally Responsible for the role he allegedly played in enabling political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to collect the personal data of millions of Americans during the 2016 election cycle to build targeted voter profiles before the elections.
Cambridge Analytica was hired by Trump’s campaign team in 2016 to access the private data of more than 50 million Facebook users. The company claimed this information could be used to identify different types of voters and influence their behavior prior to the election.
Facebook had already been tried in the Cambridge Analytica case
For those who remember, the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal earned Mark Zuckerberg a subpoena to appear before the US Senate. During the hearing, the Facebook group CEO, now Meta, said: apologized for the massive data breach of tens of millions of users and had indicated that he was responsible for this case.
Mark Zuckerberg had also admitted responsibility for his social network in the scandal, which had marked a major breach of trust with his users. Mark Zuckerberg also claimed that in addition to an internal investigation, changes would be made to Facebook to give users more control over their personal data and that the group remained open to the idea of submitting to regulation to prevent such a scandal from happening again.
These announcements hadn’t stopped Facebook from being tried in the case and fined $5 billion for neglecting to protect its users’ personal data. The Federal Trade Commission had also required the company to abide by new restrictions intended to increase accountability for decisions that affect users’ privacy. Although Facebook has already been found guilty, it is now its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, who is being personally attacked by the courts.
Mark Zuckerberg to be tried again
The district alleges violations of the Consumer Protection Procedures Act (CPPA) and accuses Mark Zuckerberg of failing to protect Facebook users’ information from being mined by a data analytics firm that some tech giant employees called the “summary” in a statement. press release. internal email in 2015. Worse Facebook did not suspend relations with Cambridge Analytica until several years later.
After the scandal reached global proportions. Karl Racine’s office said the decision to file a file… new lawsuit against Zuckerberg is based on a review of hundreds of thousands of documents products during the ongoing case against Facebook, as well as statements from Facebook administrators, former employees, and whistleblowers. “There is evidence that Mr. Zuckerberg was personally involved in Facebook’s failure to protect the privacy and data of its users, which led directly to the Cambridge Analytica incident,” Karl Racine said in a statement.”
This unprecedented security breach has exposed the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, and Zuckerberg’s policies allowed for a years-long effort to mislead users about the extent of Facebook’s abusive behavior,” he added in his press release describing the new process announced. “This lawsuit is not only justified, but necessary, and sends the message that business leaders, including CEOs, will be held accountable for their actions.”
Racine also claims that the Cambridge Analytica scandal was the result of Zuckerberg’s desire to open up Facebook to third-party developers. Zuckerberg was probably aware of the data breach risks associated with this strategy. In an internal email, Zuckerberg reportedly noted that “there is a clear risk on the part of the advertisers,” the lawsuit said. The complaint points out that Zuckerberg has been chairman of Facebook’s board of directors since 2012 and: controls approximately 60% of the voting shares which places him primarily responsible for the company’s actions.
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