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Mark Zuckerberg Sued by Washington, DC AG Over Cambridge Analytica Data Scam

American media magnate and internet entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg is being sued by Washington DC’s attorney general for his alleged role in the 2016 US presidential elections by allowing the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to harvest the personal information of millions of Americans.

The suit against the chairman and chief executive officer of social media giant Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg was filed in the capital by the District of Columbia attorney general, Karl Racine holding him personally responsible.

Cambridge Analytica was in possession of information pertaining to approximately 87 million Facebook users without their consent.

What is the lawsuit all about?

The suit alleges that Zuckerberg was involved in the policymaking that allowed Cambridge Analytica to gather information about US voters in an attempt to assist Republican candidate Donald Trump in the election campaign. To date, Zuckerberg avoided facing any sort of personal legal issues over his alleged involvement in several Facebook scandals.

The District of Columbia attorney general, Karl Racine, who filed the lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court said in a press release, “This unprecedented security breach exposed tens of millions of Americans’ personal information, and Mr. Zuckerberg’s policies enabled a multi-year effort to mislead users about the extent of Facebook’s wrongful conduct.”

Racine added, “This lawsuit is not only warranted, but necessary, and sends a message that corporate leaders, including chief executives, will be held accountable for their actions. Since filing our landmark lawsuit against Facebook, my office has fought tooth and nail against the company’s characteristic efforts to resist producing documents and otherwise thwart our suit.”

D.C.’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act

Racine’s lawsuit further alleges that the social media Moghul violated D.C.’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act, which safeguards D.C. natives from fraudulent business practices. As per the lawsuit, 852 consumers in D.C. were using Facebook applications on their mobiles whose data was ultimately used by the British political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica.

Racine’s office has earlier tried to testify billionaire business tycoon in the 2018 lawsuit however the company has not made Zuckerberg available. Racine revealed that the lawsuit sends a strong message that people responsible will be held accountable for their actions irrespective of their designation.

The suit has submitted hundreds of thousands of documents against Zuckerberg that include declarations from employees and whistleblowers. Racine has been pursuing cases against big tech giants in the past many years. He filed a case against e-commerce major Amazon and an antitrust case against search giant Google.

Meta Inc, the parent company of Facebook has not commented officially at the time of writing this article.

Road Ahead

The suit might end up in huge monetary fines against Zuckerberg personally. Facebook had paid a record $5 billion fine in 2019 over the Cambridge Analytica scandal in a settlement with the FTC.

Facebook minority shareholders have alleged in the lawsuits that the company paid billions extra to protect Zuckerberg.

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Archana Kabra
Archana Kabra is a Freelance Writer and has been extensively writing stuff related to Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Technology. She is also an ardent music lover. Twitter handle: @archana153sarda
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