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24 Jul 2019
3:42 pm

US imposes record $5bn fine, restrictions on Facebook in privacy probe


The Federal Trade Commission says the penalty is the largest ever imposed on any company for violating consumers' privacy.

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 1, 2018 shows Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaking during the F8 Facebook Developers conference in San Jose, California.(Photo by JUSTIN SULLIVAN / AFP)

US regulators on Wednesday formalised a record $5 billion fine on Facebook for privacy violations in a settlement requiring the world’s biggest social network to “submit to new restrictions and a modified corporate structure”.

The Federal Trade Commission said the penalty was the largest ever imposed on any company for violating consumers’ privacy and one of the largest penalties ever assessed by the US government for any violation.

“Despite repeated promises to its billions of users worldwide that they could control how their personal information is shared, Facebook undermined consumers’ choices,” FTC chairperson Joe Simons said in a statement after the split decision by the agency, with two members saying the penalty was insufficient.

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