DC Attorney General Indicts Mark Zuckerberg Personally

Washington DC Attorney General is indicting Mark Zuckerberg for his role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Attorney General Karl Racine filed the lawsuit Monday. In a statement, the attorney general said Mr Zuckerberg himself participated in the decisions that allowed Cambridge Analytica, a now-defunct political consultancy, to access the private data of millions of Facebook users.

“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,” Mr. Racine said. “This unprecedented security breach has exposed the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, and Mr. Zuckerberg’s policies enabled a multi-year effort to mislead users about the extent of Facebook’s abusive behavior.”

In 2018, a whistleblower revealed that Cambridge Analytica had used massive amounts of Facebook user data — without users’ consent — to advise Donald Trump’s first presidential campaign. According to Mr Racine, this amounted to tampering with the 2016 election.

“Cambridge Analytica used the Facebook platform — in a way that Facebook and Zuckerberg encouraged — to influence and manipulate the outcome of the US presidential election,” the lawsuit said. “The personal data of the more than 70 million U.S. Facebook users who used Cambridge Analytica to manipulate the election accounted for more than half of the total vote in the 2016 presidential election, in an election effectively decided by only a few hundred thousand people. †

Cambridge Analytica went bankrupt not long after the scandal broke, and Facebook (now called Meta) publicly apologized for its role in it. But Mr. Zuckerberg has so far not been personally charged in the case.

In his statement, Mr. Racine said that the CEO must have consequences.

“This lawsuit is not only justified, but necessary, and sends a signal that business leaders, including CEOs, will be held accountable for their actions,” the attorney general wrote.

the independent has reached out to Meta for comment.

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