The Washington, DC, attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg, seeking to hold the Facebook co-founder personally liable for his alleged role in allowing political consultancy Cambridge Analytica Personal data harvesting Millions of Americans during 2016 election cycle.
The lawsuit, filed in D.C. by the District of Columbia District Attorney, Carl Racine, alleges that Zuckerberg was directly involved in policies that allowed Cambridge Analytica Inadvertently collecting personal data of American voters in an effort to aid Donald Trump’s election campaign.
“This unprecedented security breach exposed tens of millions of Americans’ personal information, and Zuckerberg’s policies enabled a multi-year effort to mislead users about the extent of Facebook’s unlawful behavior,” Racine said in a press release.
“This lawsuit is not only justified, but necessary, and sends the message that corporate leaders, including CEOs, will be held accountable for their actions.”
Racine previously filed a lawsuit against the parent company of Facebook, deadunder the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act. The law makes individuals responsible for violations if they become aware of them at the time.
The lawsuit against Zuckerberg is based on hundreds of thousands of documents, including statements from employees and whistleblowers, that were collected as part of the Ongoing litigation against dead.
“Since the infamous lawsuit against Facebook was filed, my office has fought with all our might against the company’s privileged efforts to resist document production and otherwise thwart the lawsuit. We continue to insist and follow the valid evidence of Mr. Zuckerberg,” said Racine.
Racine accuses that Cambridge Analytica The scandal was the result of Zuckerberg’s desire to open up Facebook to third-party developers.
The lawsuit alleges that Zuckerberg was aware of the risks of data leakage associated with the strategy. In an email discussing the state leak, Zuckerberg noted that “there are clear risks on the advertiser’s side,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit notes that since 2012, Zuckerberg has served as Facebook’s chairman and controls nearly 60% of the voting stock.
“At all times relevant to the lawsuit, evidence has shown that Zuckerberg was responsible and had a demonstrated ability to control Facebook’s day-to-day operations,” Racine’s office said in a statement.
as guardian revealed in 2018Cambridge Analytica, hired by Trump’s 2016 campaign team, gained access to the private data of 50 million Facebook users. The company claimed that the information could be used to identify different types of voters and influence their behaviour.
In 2019, Facebook A record $5 billion fine by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for violating consumer privacy. Critics of the fine said it did little to change the company’s behavior and accused Zuckerberg should have been sued.
And on Monday, Meta did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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