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Mark Zuckerberg will be forced to testify again as a result of a new lawsuit that accuses his company, Meta, of violating consumer privacy laws.
Washington D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine initially sued Zuckerberg for his involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which occurred six years ago.
Racine argues that Meta, known as Facebook at the time, illegally shared user data with a British political consulting firm called Cambridge Analytica.
As a result, Cambridge Analytica used this private data to lobby potential voters to support Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
Zuckerberg “directly participating in decision-making that allowed the Cambridge Analytica data breach,” according to the lawsuit.
“I think everyone should have control over how their information is used,” Zuckerberg admitted.
When asked why Cambridge Analytica wasn’t banned as an advertiser back in 2015, Zuckerberg admitted, “We could have in theory banned them then. We made a mistake by not doing so.”
“But I just wanted to make sure that I updated that because I … I … I misspoke, or got that wrong earlier,” he continued.
“When we heard back from Cambridge Analytica that they had told us that they weren’t using the data and deleted it, we considered it a closed case. In retrospect, that was clearly a mistake. We shouldn’t have taken their word for it. We’ve updated our policy to make sure we don’t make that mistake again.”
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He alleged Zuckerberg intentionally led Meta to team up with outside firms like Cambridge Analytica and collect data that could in turn be used to influence users.
A filing from the Northern District of California indicated Zuckerberg agreed to testify for a whopping six hours in September regarding Racine’s lawsuit, Gizmodo reported.
Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg agreed to testify for five hours in the case, and the court also wants to depose many more “key witnesses.”
The filing indicated Meta agreed to produce more than 1,200 documents “previously withheld as privileged” following Racine’s latest lawsuit.
Zuckerberg has long been accused of caring more about his own personal wealth and interests than the safety of his users. If these allegations are true, they would seem to prove that notion.
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When Zuckerberg testified before Congress in 2018 regarding the Cambridge Analytica scandal, his answers hardly inspired confidence.
According to The Guardian, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois asked Zuckerberg whether he would share the name of the hotel he stayed in that night. The implication was if he would not share his own private information, he should not be sharing others’ on his platform.