Facebook has once again found themselves within the midst of a great scandal, only this time, they are under investigation by law enforcement. According to The Daily Caller News Foundation, federal prosecutors are looking into the nature of agreements made between Facebook and various large tech firms.
Reviewing Facebook and Deals with Big Tech Firms
For quite some time, Facebook has found themselves under the spotlight of public scrutiny. As of yesterday, a grand jury issued a subpoena for the records of two smartphone developers. Each company elected to forge unique and complicated data partnerships with Facebook. The problem here is that the big companies which have involvement in these partnerships also have access to the sensitive information of millions of Facebook users. As one might imagine, there’s certainly a lot which can go wrong in this scenario.
Facebook released a statement about the investigation, stating that they are cooperating with law enforcement:
“We are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously. We’ve provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so.”
Scrutiny of Facebook
In recent months and years, Facebook has faced scrutiny from various Americans. Like other social media platforms, many conservatives felt as though Facebook intentionally censors conservatives or simply demotes the content and pages associated with right-wingers.
Since the election of President Trump, reports of conservatives facing penalties on social media have surfaced; these penalties include demonetization, account suspensions, demotion in algorithms, purposeful reduction of page traffic and more. Like other social networking groups, Facebook largely defends their innocence and claims that they do not intentionally single out right-wing users or content.
Along with accusations of political censorship, Facebook has furthermore found themselves at the forefront of various privacy scandals and data breaches.
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Gabrielle Seunagal is a full-time writer. Some of her favorite subjects to write about include politics, cybersecurity, and current events. When Gabrielle is not advancing her writing career, she is reading, traveling, or studying martial arts.