Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is listed as a defendant in a complaint against the Cambridge Analytica scandal, first filed against Facebook in 2018 by District Attorney General Carl Racine, regulators said. announced on Wednesday.
According to Racine’s office, this is the first time US regulators have named Zuckerberg for complaints. If Zuckerberg and Facebook are found to be in violation of the law, they can be urged to pay civil penalties, attorneys’ fees, compensation or damages to the victim.
DC’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act, where Racine first filed the complaint, makes the company liable for violations of the law if the person knew about them at the time. Racine said in a statement, “Mr. According to evidence collected over the past two years, Zuckerberg deliberately and actively participated in each decision, which led to the massive collection of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. Revealed that they had mistakenly told users about the security of their data.
Racine said he helped Zuckerberg misunderstand the public and government about Facebook’s role in the scandal.
“These claims are not as valuable today as they were when the district filed the complaint three years ago,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said in a statement. “We will be proactive in defending ourselves and focusing on the facts.”
The Cambridge Analytica scandal came to light in March 2018 when the New York Times and the Guardian published an article revealing that data company Cambridge Analytica collected information from 50 million Facebook profiles. Facebook later said that the data of 87 million people had been improperly shared with the company.
The way the platform was designed allowed data companies to access Facebook user information. At the time, Facebook allowed third parties access to many features. The scandal raised concerns that information collected by Cambridge Analytica could target users in the United States prior to the 2016 election.
In a corrective complaint, Racine argued that Facebook’s 2010 decision to open the platform to third parties was Zuckerberg’s idea, accessible through a “side door” to developers. He accused them of helping to open a collection of user data.
“Zuckerberg was personally aware of the risks of sharing consumer data with apps, but these risks because the sharing of data was beneficial and beneficial to Facebook’s business model and the growth of the platform. I actively ignored it,” Claims complaint.
Several of the new claims added to the proceedings have been edited for safety orders, but in the public section, Zuckerberg operates Facebook as long as he has no control over low-level employees over how the platform operates. . It claims to be deeply involved. He still owns more than half of the company’s voting rights and largely manages the business.
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