The top legal officer in the U.S. capital city has sued Facebook over privacy violations related to personal data leaked to the Cambridge Analytica consultancy working on Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.
Facebook said it's reviewing the complaint and will continue to hold discussions with Racine and attorneys general scattered across the country who have raised red flags about the company's mishandling of personal information. On Friday, for example, the company admitted that some users' photos may have been improperly accessed by third-party apps.
In a statement published on its website today, Facebook said its partnerships or features did not give companies access to information without people's permission.
Reports commissioned by the US Senate and unveiled Monday said that propaganda campaigns conducted by Russian Federation across a gamut of social networks before the US presidential election in 2016 included tactics aimed at discouraging black people from voting.
The stock slide was the worst since the owner of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram warned in July that profit margins would erode in coming years because of consumer and government pressure to better guard data and suppress objectionable content.
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The scandal turned the spotlight on Facebook and prompted mass criticism of how the company deals with user data and other privacy issues. It turns out, the app also hoovered up the personal information of users' Facebook friends and that information was eventually sold to Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm that did work for several Republican candidates.
The attorney general of the District of Columbia has sued (PDF) Facebook, alleging violations of local consumer protection laws. Something like 44% of American adults get their news from Facebook.
The lawsuit seeks both monetary damages and a court order that would require Facebook to put in place stronger privacy controls.
This also raises questions about whether Facebook ran afoul of a 2011 consent agreement with the Federal Trade Commission that barred the social network from sharing user data without explicit permission.
"Facebook has taken relatively little action commensurate with the action on the site", said Scott Simpson, public advocacy director ofMuslim Advocates, one of the organizations that led the development of the letter.