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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg sued in US privacy lawsuit

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote speech at F8, Facebook's developer conference, in San Jose, California, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/ Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote speech at F8, Facebook's developer conference, in San Jose, California, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/ Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is named personally in a Washington, DC lawsuit that alleges he played a direct role in decisions that set the stage for the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.

The US capital’s attorney general argues that Zuckerberg was closely involved in conceiving the framework that allowed the Britain-based consulting firm to harvest over 70 million US Facebook users data

A whistleblower revealed in 2018 that Cambridge Analytica went on to use that data for political purposes, including trying to rally support for Donald Trump.

“Zuckerberg is not just a figurehead at Facebook; he is personally involved in nearly every decision the company makes,” Washington Attorney General Karl Racine writes in the suit. He adds that Zuckerberg’s control is baked into the structure of the company, where the founder and CEO holds a majority of voting shares.

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