Civil Rights Groups Urge Zuckerberg, Sandberg to Step Down

Civil Rights Groups Urge Zuckerberg, Sandberg to Step Down

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.

Facebook used contact lists from the partners, including Chinese company Huawei, which American officials consider a security threat because of its connections to China - to gain deeper insight into people's relationships, TheNYT's report notes, citing internal company records.

Reports commissioned by the US Senate and unveiled Monday said that propaganda campaigns conducted by Russian Federation across a gamut of social networks before the US presidential election in 2016 included tactics aimed at discouraging black people from voting. Cambridge Analytica was not the first scandal that hit Facebook.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Karl Racine, attorney general for the nation's capital. Company spokeswoman Katy Dormer directed The Daily Caller News Foundation to comments Steve Satterfield, director of privacy and public policy at Facebook, made Tuesday addressing the report. A United States federal investigation has been ongoing for months, looking into whether Facebook has been entirely up front about its relationship with Cambridge Analytica.

"Facebook has taken relatively little action commensurate with the action on the site", said Scott Simpson, public advocacy director ofMuslim Advocates, one of the organizations that led the development of the letter. "People are getting fed up with having their information mishandled".

"It looks like they are throwing spaghetti against the wall and seeing what sticks", she said.

"Facebook failed to protect the privacy of its users and deceived them about who had access to their data and how it was used", he said in the statement.

Facebook has repeatedly assured lawmakers, regulators and the media that it is battening down its hatches in an effort to do a better job preventing unauthorized access to the pictures, thoughts and other personal information that its almost 2.3 billion users typically intend to share only with friends and family. The company's stock dropped more than 7 percent in a day, and it lost a staggering $28 billion in market capitalization.

Some of the lawsuits allege Facebook misled investors as its privacy problems unfolded.

The lawsuit comes as Facebook faces new reports that it shared its users' data without their permission.

The court could award unspecified damages and impose a civil penalty of up to $5,000 per violation of the District's consumer protection law, or potentially close to $1.7 billion if penalised for each consumer affected.

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