Calling Out the Tech Gaffe

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Even though human beings are by far the smartest species to walk the earth, it doesn’t keep us from making mistakes time and time again throughout our lives. Now, this might sound like one hugely effective way to learn, but the whole thing can also become a devastating problem in no time. You see, some of our mistakes have actually shown a tendency to cause irreparable damage along the way, therefore forcing to look for a foolproof defence mechanism. We’ll find just that as soon as we bring dedicated regulatory bodies into the fold. The move was a huge success, considering it quickly made the world more organized than ever before. However, the utopia was pretty short-lived, and it was all because of technology. Technology’s layered nature effectively created a dynamic where the rule breakers found themselves with a prime shot at hiding their misdoings. This, of course, put a cast on what we had achieved under regulators’ stewardship, but fortunately enough; the wheels are turning once again. In fact, one lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg does everything to prove the same.

District of Columbia Attorney General, Karl Racine has officially filed a new lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg over the infamous Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal. According to certain reports, the lawsuit accuses Zuckerberg of creating lax rules on purpose so to enable the consulting firm in terms harvesting user data without consent. In case you are not aware of the incident in question, the scandal basically came to life when a University of Cambridge professor named Aleksandr Kogan collected personal information of around 270,000 Facebook users, along with data of his friends, who hadn’t consented to the collection. Next up, Kogan passed the collected to Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, which happens to be the same company that worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2015. Nobody got to know about until details related to the incident got leaked in 2018, and once it did, Mark Zuckerberg actually accepted responsibility.

This isn’t Racine’s first lawsuit against Zuckerberg in regards to the scandal. He filed the previous complaint in 2018. That one failed to produce the desired result, but with new documents obtained from Facebook’s litigation, the fresh complaint is expected to make a much stronger case.

“This unprecedented security breach exposed tens of millions of Americans’ personal information, and Mr. Zuckerberg’s policies enabled a multi-year effort to mislead users about the extent of Facebook’s wrongful conduct,” said Karl Racine. “This lawsuit is not only warranted, but necessary, and sends a message that corporate leaders, including CEOs, will be held accountable for their actions.”

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