"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".
Facebook ceded control of a critical pillar of the company's personal data collection tools to artificial intelligence after it became too large for employees to manage, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Attorney General Karl Racine said company's practices exposed 340,000 District residents - almost half of D.C.'s population - to potential "manipulation for political purposes".
It further alleges Facebook misled users by allowing several app makers it called partners "to override Facebook consumers' privacy settings and access their information without their knowledge or consent". Other misinformation related to voting is sent to third-party fact-checkers for review, Facebook said in a blog post written by Sandberg.
In 2013, a researcher launched a Facebook app, promoted as a personality quiz, which claimed to generate a personality profile.
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Those are the words of Laura Murphy, a former director of the ACLU Legislative Office, who Facebook commissioned to conduct the audit, earlier this year. That data included names, hometowns, religious and educational backgrounds, friend lists and other data, researchers said at the time.
The lawsuit accuses Facebook of violating DC's consumer protection law. Depending on how they turn out, the lawsuits and government probes could cost Facebook billions of dollars more in penalties.
According to NBC News, Internet Research Agency - a Russian firm - created millions of posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube meant to galvanize supporters of then-candidate Donald Trump and suppress the votes of African-Americans.
Revelations about Facebook's response to manipulation of the social network before and after the 2016 US presidential election, and shifting accounts about breaches of users' privacy, have battered the company's reputation and fueled frustration on Capitol Hill.
He described Facebook's cooperation as "reasonable", but said that a lawsuit was necessary "to expedite change" at the company.