Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta (formerly Facebook) has filed a lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) challenging new regulations aimed at limiting how the company monetizes children’s data across its platforms. filed a lawsuit against.
Engadget report A recent lawsuit filed by Meta (formerly Facebook) on November 30, 2023 marks a pivotal moment in ongoing tensions between big tech companies and regulators. . Meta’s legal action is aimed at blocking the FTC from revisiting the landmark $5 billion post-2020 privacy settlement resulting from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The move comes in the wake of a federal judge’s decision that allows the FTC to propose strict new rules for Meta’s operations.
Mehta’s position, outlined in the lawsuit, regards the FTC’s proceedings as unconstitutional overreach and challenges the agency’s authority to impose such restrictions. Company representatives have criticized the FTC for assuming the roles of prosecutor, judge and jury all at once in Mr. Zuckerberg’s eyes. The lawsuit is Mehta’s second attempt to legally challenge these sanctions.
Meanwhile, the FTC alleges that Meta persistently violated the terms of the 2020 settlement, specifically regarding user privacy and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). FTC Consumer Protection Director Samuel Levine said: statement: “Facebook has repeatedly violated its privacy promises. The company’s recklessness is putting young users at risk, and Facebook must be held accountable for its failures.”
The FTC’s proposed restrictions include limits on data monetization, as well as the introduction of new rules governing the use of facial recognition technology and the introduction of new products and services until their compliance with privacy obligations is independently verified. This includes freezing.
Breitbart News recently reported that a lawsuit filed by 33 states against Meta alleges that the company “coveted and pursued” underage users.
One of the main accusations in the complaint is that Meta’s enforcement of age restrictions on its platform is woefully inadequate. While Facebook and Instagram policies state that users must be at least 13 years old to register, lawsuits say it’s easy for children to misrepresent their age, and Meta is trying to prevent or address this issue. They claim that they have done little to help. The complaint cited more than 1.1 million reports of underage users on Instagram between 2019 and 2023, but Meta disabled only a portion of those accounts.
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Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News, covering free speech and online censorship issues.