Lawsuits Pile Up As #DeleteFacebook Movement Spreads

After shaving more than $20 off its share price earlier this week, Facebook stock moved back into the green Wednesday as CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he would publicly address the company's relationship with Cambridge Analytica some time during the next 24 hours.

At the same time, another lawsuit has been brought against the company, the second since the New York Times and the Observer reported over the weekend that the company had failed to stop CA from using data improperly gathered from tens of millions of users, a Maryland woman sued Facebook Tuesday in a San Jose, Calif. court. Her suit was filed on behalf of other Facebook users whose data were accessed by CA without their explicit permission, Bloomberg reported.

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Circling back to Zuckerberg, the company's founder and longtime CEO attributed the delay in making a statement to his desire to say something "meaningful" rather than delivering a quick, boilerplate comment, Axios reported.

On Tuesday, a group of Facebook investors filed a lawsuit against the company in a San Francisco federal court. The class action claims investors had suffered losses after the company disclosed that it had severed ties with Cambridge Analytica after blaming the company for "misleading" Facebook by saying it had deleted a cache of user data, when Facebook says it actually kept the data. CA has denied the allegations and said it didn't use Facebook data for its work on the 2016 Trump campaign. Investors who purchased shares of Facebook between Feb. 3, when it filed its annual report and cited security breaches and improper access to user data, and March 19, the Monday after the exposes were published, are eligible to join the lawsuit. 

Throughout that period, “defendants made false or misleading statements and failed to disclose that Facebook violated its own data privacy policies by allowing third parties access to personal data of millions of Facebook users without their consent,” according to the complaint.

As Bloomberg explains, investors would have a strong case if they can prove that they invested in Facebook based on false or misleading information released by the company. By not policing app developers' use of its users data, it could be argued that Facebook misled investors about how it handled and safeguarded private user data.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has opened a civil probe into the company and Connecticut AG George Jepsen has sent a written inquiry to answer questions about Cambridge Analytica. The Federal Trade Commission has also opened a data-privacy investigation into the company. 

European Union Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova plans to meet with Facebook officials in Washington on March 21. She called the data misuse "horrifying, if confirmed" and "not acceptable."

Four days after the allegations first surfaced, #DeleteFacebook started trending on Twitter late Tuesday as users complained about "trust issues" regarding how the company shares their personal data. It gained a notable booster when WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton tweeted that the time has come for Facebook users to delete their accounts.

"Delete and forget. It's time to care about privacy," he tweeted.

After senior Facebook executives like Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg avoided appearing before Congress late last year during a series of Congressional hearings about Russia's purported "interference" in the 2016 election.

 

 

Politico reported that, while the company is sending lower-level staffers to brief six Congressional committees about how the data ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica. Meetings between Facebook staff and lawmakers were postponed to Thursday due to an intense snow storm hammering the Atlantic coast. Some Republicans have even joined their Democratic colleagues in calling for Zuckerberg to attend a hearing in person as public outrage over the scandal grows.

"Eventually, Mark Zuckerberg needs to testify; he needs to be subpoenaed if he won’t do it voluntarily," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who had urged the FTC to investigate the affair. "They can begin with some staff people, but it’s only the beginning."

Having Zuckerberg testify would be “helpful,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), adding: “We need to understand how they use the data that they mine from users, their personal information. … This is a growing problem, whether it’s people like political consulting firms using it, or foreign governments using it.”

Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who shared details of Cambridge Analytica's alleged misuse of the Facebook data with the media (and then had his Facebook page deleted), will meet with Intelligence Committee Democrats to discuss the situation.

Comments

hedgeless_horseman gmak Wed, 03/21/2018 - 13:56 Permalink

 

#DeleteFacebook is racist.

No way black women gonna give up their Facebook, and they are about the only ones still using it.

What else would they do in the elevator, lunch line, traffic, etc?

God gave them that big-padded iShelf right under their beautiful-black nose for a reason.

They got their plus-sized iPhone resting on their plus-sized tits resting on their plus-sized belly resting on their plus sized-FUP resting on their plus-sized ass.

It's plus-sized all the way down!

 

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Davy Crockett TalkToLind Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:04 Permalink

Funny to see the libtards attacking Facebook so viciously, just because Bannon's team did the exact same thing that the liberals fawned all over Obama for doing in 2012.  Obama was an internet genius, so I was told in 2012, for doing exactly the same things.  Except when Obama did it, Facebook even looked the other way because they liked him, which is a much more serious activity for a monopoly sized company such as Facebook to engage in.  But it was OK, since the magic negro was doing it, there was no problem.

Watching them attack Facebook now, when we know that Facebook still consists of 90% libtard employees and management, because they failed to stop Bannon from doing what they celebrated Obama for, is sort of spooky.  It's fun to watch your enemies destroy each other, but it's frightening to understand the depths of their ignorance and viciousness.  They really will eat the world if they are not stopped.

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bobsmith5 coaltar Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:21 Permalink

Coaltar, you do not have the slightest clue as to what a Jew is.  You are the very thing you accuse others.  I am convinced and have no doubt that mentally ill people like you project your psychosis on to those you know absolutely nothing. I have this mental picture of you sitting at your computer slobbering all over yourself in your mom's basement.

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toady Sanity Bear Wed, 03/21/2018 - 15:45 Permalink

Oh sure, you can do all kinds of stuff... then they'll do stuff, then you'll need to do stuff...

And meanwhile, the ten other things they do that are beyond anything even above average techs can combat continue unabated...

The one thing to remember, if you forget everything else, remember this:

They have backdoors into everything.

If you are doing anything that involves electricity, they can see/track/manipulate it.

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Farqued Up glenlloyd Wed, 03/21/2018 - 17:07 Permalink

ASSETTTTTTTTTT  FORFEITURRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Confiscate Zuckerberg's shit just as the county Sheriff would a low level crack dealer.

Trump, you and Sessions are fucking geniuses. Holy shit, we are going to need a larger island to house an enlarged Gitmo. Cuba will sink like Guam when our expansion gets underway.

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pigpen hedgeless_horseman Wed, 03/21/2018 - 15:14 Permalink

Hedgeless, whoever controls the browser controls the money. The citizens are the only hope of destroying the digtal advertising tracking censoring goobook monopolies.

Every citizen needs to download brave browser or similar adblocker immediately.

Brave blocks advertising malware and tracking by DEFAULT on any device and operating system rendering digital advertising model useless.

So simple grandma can use it.

If there digital surveillance advertising goobook monopolies continue to sell my data without my consent and won't share the profits with me then I will continue my daily march to inform each citizen to use brave browser.

Most citizens have no idea there is a mobile adblocker that works on any device.

What is advertising worth if you can't serve me an ad, I don't see an ad and you can't track me while I'm browsing?

Cheers,

Pigpen

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Endgame Napoleon Ghost of PartysOver Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:22 Permalink

Liberals often throw their own under the bus. They have been doing this with Zuckerberg for awhile, and it is not because they are concerned with civil liberties. The Democratic Party has abandoned all concern for that issue. They have no civil libertarians anymore. I think they disllike Zuckerberg because he makes money on the scrapbook app, used by all those Democratic mom voters [and] Republican mom voters.

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Maghreb Endgame Napoleon Wed, 03/21/2018 - 18:13 Permalink

I think its probably Peter Thiel behind this. Sandberg is the one who does all the super left wing pro-Israeli shit. He does the CIA Deep State business. He sold his facebook shares a few months back so he may have been ready for this.

Zuckerberg is a nerd and not a hardcore zionist in my opinion. He is a light weight when it comes to this shit the same way I doubt Elon Musk does his accounting. Same way Howard Hughes did not handle his Public Relations. He would not risk killing his baby over one election. There is now way Cambridge Analytica could have been that effective with just the data they needed an inside man and I think it was Thiel or his people that provided that. Maybe Sandberg before Zuckerberg because she comes across as hardcore zionist with alot of contacts in Russia.I´d be curious to see how much of Zuckerberg wealth is in Facebook stock. If he´s the good little soldier I think he may be fighting until the ship goes down.

On a side note there has also been a lot of poison going round Sisco lately. Kids winding up in the emergency ward or morgue in Zuckerberg general hospital.No Russians being blamed but it does seem suspicious. Could be junkies but the incident in the grade school makes me wonder if Deep State was sending a message.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-school-poisoning/san-fran…

http://time.com/5171964/fentanyl-poisoning-san-francisco/ 

Thiel is the spook man with the ties to InQtel and backed Trump. He is probably the only person on the planet with more access to Facebook network technology than anyone who works there. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4250750/Peter-Thiel-s-company-P…

Sandberg is interesting because her family used to work in Russia for a Jewish aid group. Her husband died when his head exploded in a gym a few years back. Seems pretty shady but her politics don´t look like a Trump supporter. 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/11579734/Facebook-exec-…

To sum up I think Zucker is getting stabbed in the back by Deep State allies.

 

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