Facebook calls housing lawsuit 'without merit'

01 April, 2018, 16:26 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • A lit sign is seen at the entrance to Facebook's corporate headquarters location in Menlo Park

Facebook has a new legal headache.

Facebook is facing backlash from users across the world over the data privacy.

If you read those statements, nowhere does it explain why Facebook needs access to your metadata, rather than just your contacts. Regulators and attorneys general across the country are now probing Facebook's role in the data collection, and the Federal Trade Commission announced Monday it was investigating the company.

In a statement to ConsumerAffairs, a spokesperson for Facebook denied the allegations in the suit. "We believe this lawsuit is without merit, and we will defend ourselves vigorously". The suit comes as the social network is scrambling to deal with an worldwide crisis over the misuse of data belonging to 50 million of its users. The NFHA said landlords are able to avoid showing housing ads to women and families, for example. "It is already a challenge for women, families with children, people with disabilities and other under-served groups to find housing".

The federal lawsuit filed by NFHA alleged that the way Facebook's ad service is built allows for discrimination when it comes to housing.

Meanwhile, the lawsuit said Facebook has been "on notice for more than a year", citing an investigation by ProPublica in 2016 that its advertising platform violates fair housing laws.

Archibong also outlines the changes Facebook will make in the coming weeks, including an "in-depth review of our platform" that involves a full audit of any app with suspicious activity, and a process to inform users if an app they've given access to was removed for data misuse, among other protective measures. Facebook estimated that the ad would reach 1.2 million people, the group reported.

Users who don't realize they've been sharing this data are getting a rude awakening when they delete their Facebook accounts and look through this archived data for the first time.

Facebook's worst case scenario involves the lawsuit being granted class action status and fault found in its process of asking for permission. The company is grappling with backlash over revelations that an app developer legally tapped into Facebook data and then sold it to a third party, in violation of Facebook rules.



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