FTC Launching Probe Into Facebook Over Privacy Settlement

FTC Launching Probe Into Facebook Over Privacy Settlement

(TargetLiberty.org) – Social media giant Facebook is facing new legal troubles, as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) plans an investigation into the company’s controversial privacy policies.

On October 27, sources told the Wall Street Journal the FTC plans to investigate claims by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen that the company violated a 2019 settlement it reached with the agency. Haugen has documents showing Facebook knew its popular Instagram platform was dangerous to teenage users, but didn’t pass this information on to the FTC after reaching a settlement.

Now, the agency wants to probe whether Facebook had a legal duty to tell the public about the dangers of its platforms. The social media giant denies the accusations, insisting the documents have been misinterpreted and don’t actually show any harm to users. Still, the FTC – which fined Facebook $5 billion in the 2019 settlement – thinks the company might have used deceptive advertising and wants to get to the bottom of the matter.

A bipartisan group of senators has been calling for a proper investigation of Facebook’s business model and what it does with users’ data; at last, that might be on the horizon.

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