Judge dismisses Washington, DC, privacy lawsuit against owner of Facebook Meta

By Kanishka Singh

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A 2018 lawsuit brought by Washington, DC, against Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc was dismissed on Thursday by a Superior Court judge, who ruled that the company had not misleads consumers about the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The lawsuit alleged a violation of the district’s consumer protection law.

The social media company came under global scrutiny in 2018 after it revealed that a third-party personality quiz distributed on Facebook was collecting profile information on 87 million users worldwide and selling the data to the British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

“While the district may disagree with Facebook’s approach to the situation, there is no legal basis that compels Facebook to act differently,” District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Maurice Ross said. in his decision.

The judge said Facebook’s policies disclosed how third parties could obtain user data and the social media platform also gave instructions on how to limit data sharing.

“Facebook did not materially mislead consumers as to their response to Cambridge Analytica,” the judge said Thursday.

The District of Columbia attorney general’s office said it disagreed with the court’s decision and was considering options.

Meta did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington; Editing by Leslie Adler))

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