Facebook settles Cambridge Analytica data scandal lawsuit

Newshub18:Facebook settles Cambridge Analytica data scandal lawsuit.

Do you remember Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal? In 2018, the company was accused of unethically collecting personal information of millions of customers from Facebook. The UK organization was accused of using Facebook data for Trump during the US presidential election. A case of that Cambridge Analytica scandal is going to have a dramatic ending. According to the UK-based media Guardian, Facebook’s parent company Meta is settling a case discussed in exchange for money. However, the amount of money being spent for this has not been reported.

The four-year-old class action lawsuit was filed by a group of Facebook users. They alleged that Facebook violated user privacy laws by providing users’ personal information to other companies, such as Cambridge Analytica. The suit was filed against Facebook for damages for allowing Cambridge Analytica to use personal data.
Two months after the scandal broke, Cambridge Analytica declared bankruptcy.
According to a Guardian report, Facebook parent Meta said in a recent court filing that they have agreed to settle the long-running lawsuit. However, the amount of money that is being settled in the case has not been revealed.

Christopher Wiley, a former employee of London-based Cambridge Analytica, brought forward the incident of Facebook users’ information being exposed.
He was the first to say that his former workplace played a role in the United States presidential election and the UK referendum on Brexit (separation from the European Union). Cambridge Analytica was assisted by Cambridge University lecturer Alexander Kogan. He created a special app and released it on the Facebook platform. Through this, he collected the personal data of billions of users and sold it to Cambridge Analytica.
According to Christopher Wiley, Cambridge Analytica provided the data to the campaign of Republican candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election. Not only that, the data is analyzed to identify potential Republican voters.

It was initially thought that Cambridge Analytica may have accessed the data of 50 million Facebook users. But later the Facebook authorities admitted that the data of 87 million users had been compromised.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come under fire from US and European Union policymakers in the data theft scandal. Later, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to appear in the US Senate hearing on the matter. In addition to apologizing several times during the hearing, Zuckerberg also promised to update the privacy policy.
Meanwhile, in this case about Facebook, accusations of trying to protect Zuckerberg have been made against his organization. Earlier last year, Meta tried to defend Zuckerberg in a separate case surrounding the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In that case, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) demanded 4.9 billion US dollars. Facebook’s share price fell sharply after the scandal was revealed.
Carol Cadwallader, journalist for The Observer, did investigative reporting on the Cambridge Analytica scandal. He told the Guardian that it proved Facebook was willing to pay any amount to keep Zuckerberg from facing questions about the scandal.
Sheryl Sandberg, Meta’s chief executive and recently resigned from Meta, is expected to face lawyers soon in a lawsuit filed by Facebook users. The lawyers wanted to question them for six hours next month. They will survive the hearing by taking a plea bargain. Carol Cadwallader also said it was a testament to how desperate Zuckerberg is to avoid questions about the Cambridge Analytica cover-up. He was due to face six hours of cross-examination by lawyers a few days later.

However, documents submitted to the court on Friday did not detail the financial terms or initial settlement. It asked a San Francisco federal court judge to put the class action lawsuit on hold for 60 days until a written settlement.
In 2018, there were demands for an investigation around Facebook and Cambridge Analytica around the world. In this scandal of Facebook, the government and politics are involved. Cambridge Analytica fired its executive, Alexander Nix, soon after the incident became public. He revealed Cambridge Analytica’s secret tactics including bribing politicians, using sex workers to undercover journalists. Later that information became public.
Cambridge Analytica, however, denied these allegations. Cambridge Analytica was closed due to this incident. In addition to strong criticism from around the world, several countries have launched investigations against Cambridge Analytica. But Zuckerberg has always remained out of touch

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