Is FaceBook Finished? 'We need to get him and other Facebook executives under oath and ask them questions they cannot dodge,' one professor says
'We need to get him and other Facebook executives under oath and ask them questions they cannot dodge,' one professor says
Even for a company as serially scandalous as , it's been a bad week for the social network. Separate investigations revealed that Facebook gave more than 150 firms access to people's private messages, while also making it impossible for users to avoid location-based ads.
After months of fallout from the scandal, US prosecutors also finally got around to for its data sharing practices.
Individually, none of these would likely be enough to bring Facebook down, but some experts believe that, collectively, this could signal the end for the internet behemoth.
As an outspoken critic of the way Facebook uses people's data, Prof Carroll is currently suing the company under the Data Protection Act in the UK. But the latest revelations that other tech firms were given access to people's private messages was beyond even what he thought Facebook was capable of.
The first lawsuit against Facebook regarding the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which affected more than 87 million users, comes courtesy of the attorney general of the District of Columbia. It is unlikely to be the last, given Facebook is also currently facing probes by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice – and that's just in the US."Even as someone who is deeply sceptical of Facebook, I was surprised by the latest revelations," he told . "I didn't know it could be that bad in terms of scope and scale. But it all seems to fit with Zuckerberg's master plan for global domination."
A relatively insignificant fine of £500,000 that was handed to Facebook in the UK may be dwarfed following investigations by the Irish data protection regulator, which are being seen as the first serious test of Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation.
But with more than 2 billion users worldwide and an annual revenue of more than $40 billion in 2017, it will take more than a fine to have any significant impact on Facebook. Prof Carroll has called for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other senior executives to be subpoenaed and thinks it might not be long before that becomes a reality.