Lawsuits pile up for Facebook over data misuse scandal

Facebook records $9.3bn revenue

Lawsuits are piling up against Facebook in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data misuse and political Ad targeting scandal.

According to SF Gate the company has been hit with four suits in federal courts in a week following fresh revelations about how Facebook’s app permissions were abused to surreptitiously suck out vast amounts of user data.

The complaint names Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg; COO Sheryl Sandberg; and board members Marc Andreessen, Peter Thiel, Reed Hastings, Erskine Bowles, Susan Desmond-Hellman and Jan Koum as defendants.

Last week the New York Times and the Observer of London reported revelations from former CA’s employee Chris Wylie, who detailed how working with a University of Cambridge Psychology Professor that had developed a Survey App to run on Facebook.

After the newspaper reports Facebook acknowledged that 270,000 people had downloaded the Survey App.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also since gone on CNN to apologize.

But the scope and scale of the data mishandling, coupled with Facebook’s failure to inform users when it found about the policy breach in 2015 have played very badly with markets and users alike.

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