For the first time, Facebook faces lawsuit from U.S. regulators over Cambridge Analytica

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Finally, after waves of bad press, showy Congressional hearings, and hashtag campaigns, regulators in the U.S. are trying to punish Facebook for the Cambridge Analytica scandal

A lawsuit against the company was filed by Karl Racine, the attorney general for the District of Columbia, the Washington Post confirmed Wednesday.

Cambridge Analytica, a data firm funded in part by former Breitbart exec and White House strategist Steve Bannon, helped guide Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. It obtained data from a psychology professor, Aleksandr Kogan, who built a personality quiz that obtained permission to access data from 270,000 Facebook users — but, because Facebook allowed developers to access to data on friends of those users, it ultimately provided information on more than 50 million profiles.   Read more…

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