"Partnerships are one area of focus and, as we've said, we're winding down the integration partnerships that were built to help people access Facebook", he said. "We hope this lawsuit will ensure Facebook takes better care with its data".
Washington, DC, Attorney General Karl Racine said the United States capital city was suing Facebook, accusing it of misleading users because it had known about the incident for two years before disclosing it.
Zuckerberg owns a 13% stake in Facebook, which this year has been beset by crises including the Cambridge Analytica scandal, accusations of mismanagement, a shareholder revolt, and questions over inappropriate content. The app also collected the personal information of users' Facebook friends and the information was eventually sold to Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm.
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The Washington lawsuit alleges that about half of the District of Columbia's roughly 700,000 residents had their data scooped up by Cambridge Analytica in violation of local laws.
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There was no immediate comment from Facebook. A USA federal investigation has been ongoing for months, looking into whether Facebook has been entirely up front about its relationship with Cambridge Analytica. "Facebook's partners don't get to ignore people's privacy settings". That data included names, hometowns, religious and educational backgrounds, friend lists and other data, researchers said at the time.
"It looks like they are throwing spaghetti against the wall and seeing what sticks", she said.
A recent report from the New York Times suggests that private strategic partnerships between Facebook and other companies implicate the social media giant, not just the third-party application developers, in spreading users' data without their knowledge.
With each breakdown, Facebook risks losing credibility with both its audience and the advertisers whose spending generates most of the company's revenue. The company's stock dropped more than 7 percent in a day, and it lost a staggering $28 billion in market capitalization.
The scandal turned the spotlight on Facebook and prompted mass criticism of how the company deals with user data and other privacy issues.