The tech community expressed skepticism of this audit upon its publication, specifically because Facebook new that data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica had accessed personal data from millions of users.
"Facebook put users at risk of manipulation by allowing companies like Cambridge Analytica and other third-party applications to collect personal data without users' permission".
DC Attorney General Karl Racine's suit alleges that Facebook misled users about the security of their data and failed to properly monitor third-party apps. "It's also curious that just a week ago, it was reported that Facebook hired deeply partisan strategy firms to conduct opposition research calling into question the notion that this company operates with a non-partisan view", said Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP.
In March, revelations surfaced that Cambridge Analytica, which had ties to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, had improperly gained access to the data of up to 87 million Facebook users. After meeting with civil rights leaders and experts, Murphy wrote in the report, Facebook chose to focus the first phase of its audit on preventing voter intimidation and suppression ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. "Mr. Zuckerberg told us that he was going to stop doing this, and now we find out yet again that Facebook has sold our private messages to other companies for bucketloads of money". The organization criticized Facebook for not doing enough to protect the data of its African-American users. Partnerships with more than 150 companies gave Microsoft's Bing access to the names of users' friends - without their consent.
The records further revealed that facebook permitted Amazon to obtain users' names and contact information through their friends.
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He described Facebook's cooperation as "reasonable", but said that a lawsuit was necessary "to expedite change" at the company. The groups also called for Facebook to fire Joel Kaplan, Facebook's VP of global public policy, who has drawn scrutiny over his links to conservative figures, including Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
"We know we've got work to do to regain people's trust", Mr Satterfield said, while acknowledging missteps of the company over the past year.
The lawsuit accuses Facebook of violating DC's consumer protection law.
Facebook did not immediately respond to requests.