5 reasons why the D.C. attorney general is suing Facebook

5 reasons why the D.C. attorney general is suing Facebook

5 reasons why the D.C. attorney general is suing Facebook

Facebook shares already sagging under the weight of the social network's troubles ended the trading day down 7.25 percent to $133.24 and slipped even lower in after-market trades.

The lawsuit by the District of Columbia attorney general is likely the first by an official United States body that could impose consequences on the leading social network for the data misuse.

Antonio Garcia Martinez, a former Facebook employee and author, also suggested that most of the partnerships were part of ordinary "data sharing" and had little "actual impact" on users' privacy.

DC Attorney General Karl Racine's suit alleges that Facebook misled users about the security of their data and failed to properly monitor third-party apps.

In 2013, a researcher launched a Facebook app that claimed to generate a personality profile.

But the lawsuit also calls out other business practices like Facebook allowing certain companies to "override" a user's privacy settings in order to access data, CNBC reports. The deals, the oldest of which date to 2010, were all active in 2017.

"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.

He described Facebook's cooperation as "reasonable", but said that a lawsuit was necessary "to expedite change" at the company.

Papamiltiadis said, however, that "we've been public about these features and partnerships over the years because we wanted people to actually use them".

Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee that heard testimony from Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg in September, has previously put forth several potential measures for regulating tech companies. And probably most galling is that Netflix, Spotify -and for some reason the Royal Bank of Canada - were given the ability to read users' private messages.

According to NBC News, Internet Research Agency - a Russian firm - created millions of posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube meant to galvanize supporters of then-candidate Donald Trump and suppress the votes of African-Americans. "Protecting people's information requires stronger teams, better technology and clearer policies, and that's where we've been focused for most of 2018". "We need a federal privacy law". "The audit shows things are as bad as we expected them to be", said Simpson.

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