In this context, Facebook appears to have “stunned a number” of social media users who joined the investigation. The Facebook spokesman did not deny that the company was being targeted, but he said the allegations were “not true.” In his blog post, Zuckerberg argued that “it would have been difficult for us to block, or even ban, Facebook because they’re not following the law.” He said he has made no record of any efforts to block Facebook from banning users. The article quotes a Facebook spokesperson that has the same explanation: “In the meantime, we will review this document to determine whether it is appropriate [to use the power of authority.]” Mark Zuckerberg says his company had recently implemented sweeping reforms to improve users’ privacy, and he added “the privacy of our users is also critical to our business growth.” A few other possible examples of how the investigation could affect Facebook that are not described could include social media, the FBI, or social media giant Google. The law enforcement agencies could also play an important role in how the investigation plays out. Facebook has sued the FTC in a number of states alleging violations of privacy rights, including tracking and sharing user data and the collection of user data about them. The FTC filed its suit on Wednesday when Facebook said in writing that it had never received complaint complaints. The fact of the matter is that a judge has already ordered these two companies to stop using Facebook’s social feeds. In addition, Facebook claims it is being accused of “prostitution.” In its statement to Reuters, Facebook said: “We have made great strides in addressing our privacy and privacy practices, including removing pornography and other content from our Facebook News Feed, and we take actions to make improvements. Now is critical for our future growth, as we fight all of Facebook’s data practices.” Facebook, in its statement, also clarified that the FTC report on how the company conducts its investigations, also “had nothing to do with Facebook’s own privacy practices.” The move was not in response to news reports of a court order this week that could force Facebook to stop using its Social Feed.
But all of those assertions were wrong. According to the FTC’s request for comment, Facebook was simply asking for one more response.
Facebook did not just give out a response after those other cases came before the FEC. On November 16, it sent out the following email to its customers and to some of its users after being denied access to Facebook Facebook News Feed:
If any users were informed of our violation of your privacy, please remove this post from its feed. You can view the original email here and the version of this story published on our site. We will keep your posted on the Facebook News Feed. We’re doing everything we can to ensure that you get the best possible privacy for your personal information. We also do not wish to have your information shared under any circumstances. Your privacy is our top priority today and we will work to do everything we can to provide you as much information as possible about our actions and processes.
That’s a long story, but it’s an important one. The FEC has just been informed that it could block, or even ban Facebook from engaging in data collection and distribution. The reason all of that didn’t go over fine is largely because the data subject was Facebook, not Google or Facebook. In a long and informative comment on the matter, the FTC spokesperson said:
So what does Facebook do with your data? We’re basically giving them the ability to collect and share, including: your credit card payment data, or any personal data, you give them.
How much data can you get in a day? You get unlimited tracking numbers.
For one thing, that data on you could come from your credit cards, including the people paying your purchases. So, the FTC wouldn’t block Facebook from sharing data with Google or Facebook if it felt it was necessary.
But, again, it could be that you have other information regarding your purchases as well. Perhaps you are thinking about how to go about having this data shared with you by your family or friends, in your work environment (which also accounts for Facebook, as shown in your credit card card data and other data collected from your purchase), or from anyone you want. Whatever the details of your purchases, you want you to be aware of their data and any legal concerns, including whether or not your data will be sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In any event, there is still just one thing Facebook has to say to the other companies that are investigating Facebook’s Facebook News Feed: “we take all complaints to the FTC with great skepticism, and as with all legal issues for our users, we will not be taking anything personally from your company. However, in our search terms, we use the common sense for the term ‘citizen.’” It’s not, of how you and your employer will react to a lawsuit on this.
A company you are “not taking legal actions that have no business dealings with a personal information from you. That is exactly how you,