This is the third in a series of four posts about corporate takedowns. The first post was about American Apparel. Last week’s post was about Theranos. Today’s post is about Facebook, focused on the recent Cambridge Analytica data sharing revelations. The fourth and final post, on April 24, will discuss Gawker.
For an in-depth discussion of general compliance issues with Facebook as an online platform, check out this post.
In March 2018, The New York Times and The Guardian published a series of investigative articles exposing a data breach between the social media platform Facebook and the UK political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. This has incited a firestorm of controversy around data sharing, privacy expectations, online community moderation practices, and ethical standards for consumer protections by companies holding their data.