US Attorney General Karl Racine (Karl Racine) said today, that it plans to add Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg) to the Cambridge Analytica Scandal. The list of defendants in the lawsuit. This means that Zuckerberg himself may face financial and other punishments.
Cambridge Analytica is a British data analysis company and the protagonist of Facebook's large-scale information leakage incident. In March 2018, Facebook admitted that Cambridge Analytica had illegally obtained information from 50 million Facebook users before the 2016 U.S. election. Later, Facebook's investigation found that up to 87 million users' information was improperly shared by Cambridge Analytica.
In December 2018, Washington, DC Attorney General Racine sued Facebook, claiming that Facebook’s misleading users violated the DC’s Consumer Protection Procedure Act. Today, Racine also said that continuous interviews and reviews of internal documents in the case showed that Zuckerberg played a very active role in some key decisions.
Specifically, the survey showed that a major product transformation of Facebook in 2010 was Zuckerberg's creative. This product change allowed hundreds of third-party developers to freely access Facebook's user data, and one of the developers subsequently gave the Facebook data to Cambridge Analytica.
Racine said, in this case, adding Zuckerberg to our litigation is undoubtedly justified. In addition, this will also send a message that business leaders, including the CEO, need Be responsible for their actions.
Racine's office said, this marks the first time that a US regulator has named Zuckerberg as a defendant in a lawsuit. If Zuckerberg and Facebook are found to be illegal, they may be required to pay civil fines, attorney's fees, or compensate the victims.
According to the Consumer Protection Procedure Act in Washington, DC, Facebook will face a fine of up to $5,000 for per violation. According to prosecutors, a total of 852 Washington, DC users downloaded misleading applications provided by Cambridge Analytica, but the number of DC residents whose personal data was improperly collected through the Facebook platform was as high as 340,000. If all 340,000 cases are identified as violations, it means that Facebook may face fines of up to $1.7 billion.
Of course, Facebook can also submit a motion to reject Racine's plan. In previous regulatory actions, Facebook's lawyers have actively resisted attempts to pull Zuckerberg into the water. For example, in 2011 and 2019, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) tried to list Zuckerberg as a defendant in some privacy cases, but both were successfully blocked by Facebook lawyers.