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Meta CEO Zuckerberg sued over Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal


District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine announced a civil suit against extremist groups, the Proud Boys, and Oath Keepers over the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol. The attack occurred in Washington on December 14, 2021.

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District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine is representing the plaintiffs MetaMark Zuckerberg, CEO of Cambridge Analytica was accused of being involved in the privacy scandal.

According to the new suit, Zuckerberg is accused of being closely involved in the design and implementation of the Facebook framework that allowed Cambridge Analytica users to consent to the collection and maintained control over daily operations.

Racine stated in a statement that was part of a press release about the lawsuit, “This extraordinary security breach exposed tens to millions of Americans’ private information and Mr. Zuckerberg’s policies enabled an multi-year effort mislead users regarding the extent of Facebook’s wrongful conduct.” “This lawsuit is necessary and warranted. It sends a signal that corporate leaders (including CEOs) will be held accountable.”

Racine was rejected by a judge, and the lawsuit is filed. attempt to add Zuckerberg as a defendant on his original consumer protection complaintThe Facebook company is being sued. Racine’s Office stated that it was the first complaint in which a U.S regulator named Zuckerberg.

The judge raised concerns about Racine’s delay in adding Zuckerberg to the case. He also claimed that it wouldn’t add any value to D.C. residents to do this. Judge said that the timing of this move was “almost bad faith.”

This initial lawsuitFacebook’s lawsuit is still pending. The company claims that Facebook violated D.C. consumer protection laws by misleading users and not protecting their personal data before the 2016 U.S. election. Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting company, used Facebook’s third party access to gather information on users without their consent.

In an interview with CNBCRacine stated that his office required additional time after the original filing date of the suit to gather evidence and be confident that Zuckerberg should personally be held responsible for the violations. His office was unable to find the necessary information from Facebook to directly name Zuckerberg because of Facebook’s slow disclosures.

Racine said to CNBC that he had been considering filing a separate lawsuit against Zuckerberg at the time, “because the evidence suggests that Mr. Zuckerberg was involved in misrepresentations regarding user privacy.”

Meta representatives declined to comment.

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