With more than a year of scandals and data breach from Facebook, the company leaves no stone unturned to prove itself right and follow ethics washing. The company has also been in the radar of FTC and is expected to be fined around $5 billion because of its user data practices.
Last week, Facebook argued that it didn’t violate users’ privacy rights because there’s no expectation of privacy when using social media and the company wants to dismiss a lawsuit related to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, by arguing the same.
Facebook didn’t deny that third parties accessed users’ data, but the company told Vince Chhabria, US District Judge that there’s no “reasonable expectation of privacy” on Facebook or any other social media site.
But the argument coming from Facebook appears to be more like the company is trying to convince people that it knows how to protect their personal information.
This month Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO said that she and Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook, will do “whatever it takes” to keep people safe on Facebook. Calls to curb Zuckerberg’s control over Facebook have now taken rounds as the issues around data privacy and security continue.
It seems Chhabria is making sure that at least some of the lawsuit continues, saying in an order before the hearing (PDF) that the plaintiffs should expect the court to accept their argument that private information was disclosed without express consent.