Facebook shares drop as Cambridge Analytica data privacy fallout spreads

Mark Zuckerberg's worth falls by $15 billion after a year of Facebook controversies

The attorney general in the nation's capital has filed a lawsuit against Facebook for allowing data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica to improperly access data from as many as 87 million users.

Facebook already has been buried in an avalanche of other lawsuits filed in federal and state courts, as well as regulatory investigations in both US and Europe into whether the company has violated laws by repeatedly allowing unauthorized access to the personal information of the almost 2.3 billion people on its private network.

"Facebook failed to protect the privacy of its users and deceived them about who had access to their data and how it was used", he said in the statement. "Partnerships are one area of focus and, as we've said, we're winding down the integration partnerships that were built to help people access Facebook", he said.

The social network said it strengthened efforts against voter suppression, brought in voting experts to inform its policies, added ways for users to report incorrect voting information and created channels for state election authorities to report potential voter suppression content. Facebook also highlighted its "war room" efforts to combat fake election news leading up to the midterms.

In 2013, a researcher launched a Facebook app, promoted as a personality quiz, which claimed to generate a personality profile. The organization criticized Facebook for not doing enough to protect the data of its African-American users. Facebook has already been battered this year in the markets as the data privacy scandal unfolded. Amazon got its hands on users' names and contact info. A copy of the full complaint against Facebook can be viewed here. "Mr. Zuckerberg told us that he was going to stop doing this, and now we find out yet again that Facebook has sold our private messages to other companies for bucketloads of money".

"We know we've got work to do to regain people's trust", Mr Satterfield said, while acknowledging missteps of the company over the past year.

Mr Soltani and three former employees of the F.T.C.'s consumer protection division, which brought the case that led to the consent decree, said in interviews that its data-sharing deals had probably violated the agreement.

Monique Hall, a Facebook spokeswoman, declined to respond to Ars' questions about the new lawsuit but provided a corporate statement.

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