Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg directly sued for his role in Cambridge Analytica 

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The Cambridge Analytica scandal was one of the largest data breaches of all time, harvesting the data of almost 87 million people. In the years since, Meta — formerly Facebook — as a company has taken the brunt of the fallout. However, now CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been thrust into the limelight. 

District of Columbia Attorney General sues Mark Zuckerberg 

Filed on Monday, a new lawsuit filed by District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine directly targets CEO Mark Zuckerberg for his alleged role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The CEO is accused of being closely involved in the process that led to the collection of user data without individual consent on a daily basis. 

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Racine has attempted to bring Zuckerberg into this story before. Last year, the Attorney General tried to add the CEO to his initial lawsuit on the subject. However, a judge denied the request. 

Now, Zuckerberg is being targeted directly, something Facebook has been attempting to stop for years. With its new Metaverse focus pinned to make the CEO a Steve Jobs-esque figure, the company is desperately trying to keep the billionaire out of controversy. 

“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,” Racine explained. “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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Did he violate the Consumer Protection Act? 

Karl Racine claims that Mark Zuckerberg directly violated the Consumer Protection Act through his alleged involvement with Cambridge Analytica. 

Racine argues that the CEO’s huge degree of control makes him inseparable from one scandal. 

“Zuckerberg is not just a figurehead at Facebook; he is personally involved in nearly every major decision the company makes, and his level of influence is no secret,” the lawsuit claims. “Within Facebook, Zuckerberg directly oversaw the product development and engineering work that was exposing consumer data to abuse.”

Racine’s latest lawsuit is simply one part of his ongoing campaign against the company. Since 2018, the Attorney General has continually fought Meta over the scandal; the initial suit is still ongoing.