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Mark Zuckerberg

Washington sues Mark Zuckerberg over Cambridge Analytica privacy breach

The lawsuit maintains he was aware of the potential dangers of sharing Facebook users’ data.

THE DISTRICT OF Columbia in the US has sued Meta chief Mark Zuckerberg, seeking to hold him personally liable for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a privacy breach of millions of Facebook users’ personal data that became a major corporate and political scandal.

Washington DC attorney general Karl Racine filed the civil lawsuit against Zuckerberg in DC Superior Court.

The lawsuit maintains that Zuckerberg directly participated in important company decisions and was aware of the potential dangers of sharing users’ data, such as occurred in the case involving Cambridge Analytica.

The data-mining firm gathered details on as many as 87 million Facebook users without their permission.

Their data is alleged to have been used to manipulate the 2016 presidential election.

Zuckerberg, who co-founded Facebook and has headed its board since 2012, controls more than 50% of Facebook’s voting shares and “maintains an unparalleled level of control over the operations of Facebook as it has grown into the largest social media company in the world”, the lawsuit says.

Racine is seeking damages and penalties from Zuckerberg as may be determined in a trial.

Meta, the parent of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, is based in Menlo Park, California.

Press Association