Facebook faces record penalty over ‘privacy violations’

US Federal Trade Commission says it is still investigating the charges

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Jan 21, 2019 9:24 AM Updated: Jan 21, 2019 9:24 AM
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In another blow to Facebook, the social networking giant is facing a record fine from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with regard to alleged mishandling of user data and privacy violations. 

According to media reports, the US commission is still investigating the charges about Facebook violating privacy rules. FTC is most likely to levy a huge penalty from the social media firm. 

So far, FTC’s highest penalty has been $22.5 million on Google in 2012, again for privacy violations. However, Facbook is expected to be imposed a higher fine, media reports said. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was asked to testify before the Congress in April 2018. This came after Cambridge Analytica got access to data of about 87 million users without permission. 

Facebook has refuted another report that said it had allowed technology companies and apps like Netflix or Spotify access to its users personal details. 

Another report has claimed that several Facebook content moderators depend on inaccurate information to zero in on the content that can be published on its platform. 

What Facebook has admitted to is a security breach that affected nearly 50 million users. 

The FTC and Facebook are have not released any comments about the media reports.

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