Attorney General Carl Racine, who brought the lawsuit, is leading an investigation into Facebook that began four years ago over the leak.
According to Karl Racine, CEO Mark Zuckerberg was directly involved in the decisions that led to British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica receiving private information about millions of users ahead of the US presidential election in 2016. In the latest lawsuit, Zuckerberg was drawn as the company understands, he writes hill.
Hundreds of thousands of documents that have come across the investigation and form the basis of the charges against the Meta CEO have been examined, according to the district attorney’s office.
“This unprecedented security breach exposed the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, and Mr. Zuckerberg’s guidance enabled a multi-year effort to mislead users about the extent of Facebook’s crimes,” Carl Racine said in a statement.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal broke out In 2018, a whistleblower Chris Wiley testified about the company’s working methods. The British analytics company extracted personal information from 87 million Facebook users via a so-called “This is Your Digital Life” personality test. The data was then used, among other things, in campaigns before political elections.
Cambridge Analytica participated in, among other things, the presidential campaign of Donald Trump in the United States and the referendum on Brexit in the United Kingdom. In 2018, then-CEO Alexander Nix said Camrbidge Analytica had campaigned in nearly 200 countries, in front of a hidden camera in a film broadcast by British TV channel Channel 4.