What’s a company to do with all that Facebook Data?

What’s a company to do with all that Facebook Data?

The attorney general for Washington, DC said on Wednesday the USA capital city had sued Facebook Inc. for allegedly misleading users about how it safeguarded their personal data, in the latest fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Facebook Inc. came under renewed pressure from lawmakers following a New York Times report that the social media company allowed more than 150 companies access to more users' personal data than it had disclosed.

But Mr Racine said his office was also targeting "the same kind of deceptive privacy practices" reported by the New York Times, including its partnerships with hardware firms such as Blackberry and privacy settings which were "ambiguous, confusing and hard to understand".

Facebook is being sued by the DC attorney general over allegations it failed to safeguard the personal data of its users. The company had told users it vetted third-party apps, yet made few checks, Racine said.

"We're seeking to hold Facebook accountable for jeopardizing and exposing the personal information of tens of millions of its users", Racine said.

Civil rights organizations are outraged after a U.S. Senate report confirmed that Russian operatives used popular social media platforms to suppress African-American votes in the 2016 presidential election.

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The consultancy obtained the data from a personality quiz app called "thisisyourdigitallife", which was billed as "a research app used by psychologists". Previously, Facebook declined to make its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, available to testify in front of lawmakers from the United Kingdom and eight other countries that remain concerned about the Cambridge Analytica controversy. Partnerships with more than 150 companies gave Microsoft's Bing access to the names of users' friends - without their consent. Facebook revealed in September that hackers had taken advantage of a piece of code allowing them to take over users' accounts.

The lawsuit accuses Facebook of violating DC's consumer protection law.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Facebook COO said that other misinformation related to voting - including false claims of polling place closures, long lines, and wait times - is proactively sent to third-party fact-checkers for review.

As well as this lawsuit, Facebook is being probed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice.

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