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New Investigations into Zuckerberg

Facebook, the social media giant with 2.38 billion active users, is having a monstrous time right now.  Suffice to say whenever one conglomerate wields such a huge database of personal details, the red flags should be waving very high for threats to privacy and last year, these flags were being waved particularly violently at Facebook. 

Early 2018, in the Cambridge Analytica Scandal, Facebook was caught mishandling user personal information, violating agreements to privacy handling and basically opened the floodgates to a serious investigation into their data management. 

This gate is not about to be closed and there is currently a lot of noise regarding how, if at all, Zuckerberg will be held accountable for Facebook’s data lapses. It is predicted by the people in the know, that the negotiation between the Federal Trade Commission and Facebook could take over a year. 

What’s the most recent Facebook privacy scandal?

There has now been a recent disclosure that Facebook has been caught in. The Social Media deity has been forced to admit that passwords of millions of Instagram users were mishandled. This news was revealed by updating an old blog post. However, the Facebook spokesperson said that investigations provided no evidence that the passwords were not internally abused but were stored in a readable format in the internal storage.

Does Facebook admit its privacy lapses?

The Cambridge Analytica debacle compacted serious concerns on the implications of data privacy infringement and propelled the legal intervention on the free for all that social media had become for personal data.

When it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica had harvested data from 87 million people’s profiles. This intrigued the FTC to commence an investigation on Facebook in March 2018. The FTC wanted to investigate into the matter to know whether Facebook has violated the agreement made back in 2011. Facebook agreed in 2011 to improve its privacy practices. 

During past investigations, the U.S government decided to spare Mark Zuckerberg from arduous scrutiny. Documents from open-records laws of FTC reveal that agency did consider to put Zuckerberg under order but they dropped this consideration.

Zuckerberg appeared before Congress in 2018, and he took responsibility for the missteps taken by his company. On the other hand, the word was out that Facebook defended Zuckerberg fiercely. And Zuckerberg still stood firm with his statement that Facebook did not commit a “violation of the consent decree”.

A federal inquiry might succeed in forcing Facebook into ‘fessing up’ about the ongoing privacy issues and of course paying off multi millions in fines. Also, the board of directors might require Zuckerberg and other executives to certify the company’s privacy practices on a periodic basis. 

Zuckerberg if spared, would it be the first time?

Considering the negotiations with FTC, it is very likely that Zuckerberg would walk away unscathed, but this has happened before. In 2011, Zuckerberg was explicitly named as a respondent. This directly means that if Zuckerberg wasn’t spared earlier, he would have been at the risk of paying fines and penalties for privacy violation and missteps. 

If found guilty, we would be looking at a completely different Zuckerberg, although possibly in the same gray t-shirt.

To all the privacy advocates out there, learn about Facebook’s terms and conditions, as well as how they collect and use your data by listening to the video below! #DataCartels