California Accuses Facebook of Obstruction of Justice
The US state of California has been investigating the Internet giant Facebook for a year and a half, it became clear today, writes Reuters.
The case file shows that California accuses Facebook of obstruction of justice, with the company refusing to cooperate with a review of its commercial practices. Facebook did not comment on the news.
The scrutiny is another bad news for Mark Zuckerberg's company, which is being prosecuted in 47 US states.
New York and Nebraska are among those who accuse Facebook and other Internet giants of monopoly practices, exposing consumers' personal data and deliberately raising advertising prices.
The California investigation began in 2018, following the Cambridge Analytics scandal, but has expanded and grown into a check on Facebook for violating state laws by misleading consumers and "deceiving users and ignoring its own policies in allowing third parties broad access to user data"
Last year, it became clear that Facebook had inappropriately provided data belonging to 87 million of its users to the British data analytics company Cambridge Analytica. The consultancy's clients included President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, Japan Times reported.
"If Facebook had complied with our legitimate investigative requests, we would not be making this announcement today. But we must move our investigation forward. We are left with little choice,"," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told reporters.
The case files present Facebook as a company that allows web application developers to access user data that should not be shared.