Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was “personally involved” in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and “encouraged” the rigging of the 2016 presidential election, DC Attorney General Karl Racin allegedly in a lawsuit filed Monday.
Racine had already made such allegations late last year when he asked a DC judge to include the tech billionaire in a pending lawsuit against Facebook.
According to Supreme Court judges Moritz Ross denied a motion to amend the lawsuit, Racine filed a separate lawsuit against Zuckerberg Monday. Ross criticized the delay in moving to add Zuckerberg as a defendant, but the attorney general’s office reportedly based this on what came to light during the Facebook investigation.
“Ever since we filed our landmark lawsuit against Facebook, my office has fought tooth and nail against the company’s characteristic efforts to resist production of documents and otherwise thwart our lawsuit. We remain insistent and have followed the evidence all the way to Mr. Zuckerberg,” Racine wrote in a statement. “The evidence shows that Mr. Zuckerberg was personally involved in Facebook’s failure to protect the privacy and data of its users, which led directly to the Cambridge Analytica incident. This unprecedented security breach exposed tens of millions of Americans’ personal information, and Mr. Zuckerberg’s policies enabled a multi-year attempt to mislead users about the extent of Facebook’s unlawful conduct. This lawsuit is not only justified, it is necessary and sends the message that company leaders, including CEOs, will be held accountable for their actions.”
In a 37-page complaint, Racine did not shy away from implicating Zuckerberg in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
“In other words, Cambridge Analytica used the Facebook platform — in ways that Facebook and Zuckerberg encouraged — to influence and manipulate the outcome of a United States presidential election,” the complaint reads. “The personally identifiable information of the more than 70 million U.S. Facebook users that Cambridge Analytica used to manipulate the election accounted for more than half of the total votes cast in the 2016 presidential election, in an election effectively attended by just a few hundred thousand people was decided. ”
According to the lawsuit, the cover-up followed the breach.
“Cambridge Analytica’s revelations shocked the world, but it came as no surprise to Facebook or Zuckerberg,” the complaint reads. “Facebook had both a longstanding relationship with Cambridge Analytica and actively encouraged companies like Cambridge Analytica to use the Facebook platform to influence and manipulate consumer behavior.”
“Most troubling is that Facebook investigated Cambridge Analytica and determined it posed a risk to consumer data, but chose to bury these concerns rather than ban them because it would have hurt Facebook’s (and Zuckerberg’s) bottom line.” can,” it continues. “Instead of staying clean, Facebook continued to help Cambridge Analytica win a presidential election in the United States.”
In fact, as mentioned in the lawsuit, Zuckerberg admitted in April 2018 that he had narrowly defined Facebook’s responsibilities.
“We didn’t stretch our responsibilities broadly enough, and that was a big mistake,” Zuckerberg said at the time. “It was my fault.”
Racine alleges that Zuckerberg violated the district’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act (CPPA), which prohibits unfair and deceptive trading practices. The attorney general’s office is asking for an injunction barring future violations and civil damages.
Read the lawsuit below:
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