Mark Zuckerberg Sued by DC Attorney General Over Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal

The Washington DC Attorney General has sued Mark Zuckerberg, seeking to hold the Facebook founder personally responsible for his alleged role in allowing political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to collect the personal data of millions of Americans during the 2016 election cycle.

The suit filed in the capital by District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine. Mark was directly involved in a policy that allowed Cambridge Analytica. And he is unknowingly collect personal data from American voters in an effort to help Trump’s election campaign.

Racine had previously sued Facebook’s parent company, Meta, under the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Proceedings Act. Such actions make individuals liable for violations if they were 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 Meta. Racine alleges that the Cambridge Analytica scandal was the result of Zuckerberg’s desire to open up Facebook to outside developers.

The lawsuit alleges that Mark Zuckerberg was aware of the data leak risks associated with the strategy. In an email about the state leak, Zuckerberg noted that there are clear risks on the part of the advertiser. The suit shows that since 2012, Zuckerberg has served as chairman of Facebook’s board of directors and controls about 60% of the voting shares.

In 2018, Cambridge Analytica, an employee of Trump’s 2016 election campaign team, gained access to the personal data of 50 million Facebook users. The company claims that the information can be used to identify different types of voters and influence their behavior.

In 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fined Facebook $5 billion for violating consumer privacy. Critics of the fine say the fine is too small to change the company’s behavior and argue that litigation should have been brought against Zuckerberg.

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