FTC: Yes, We Will Investigate Facebook

Federal Trade Commission confirms investigation into privacy practices
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 26, 2018 12:02 PM CDT
In this Aug. 27, 2009 file photo, the site Facebook login webpage is seen on a computer screen in Ottawa, Canada.   (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

(Newser) – The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook's privacy practices following a week of privacy scandals including whether the company engaged in "unfair acts" that cause "substantial injury" to consumers, the AP reports. Facebook's stock, which already took a big hit last week, plunged as a result. Facebook said in a statement on Monday that the company remains "strongly committed" to protecting people's information and that it welcomes the opportunity to answer the FTC's questions. News outlets reported on the FTC investigation last week, but the FTC hadn't confirmed it until Monday. Facebook reached a settlement with the FTC in 2011 offering privacy assurances. (Cambridge Analytica isn't Facebook's only current privacy scandal.)

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