Democratic and Republican attorneys general are targeting large tech companies in court, seeking to curb their power through the judicial system as an alternative to legislation that has not gained momentum in Congress.
D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine is suing Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg over claims of consumer protection violations. He said he must hold big corporate CEOs accountable for their actions.
Mr. Racine said he has evidence to show that Mr. Zuckerberg was personally involved in the data leak that allowed political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to target Facebook users during the 2016 presidential race.
“This lawsuit is not only warranted but necessary and sends a message that corporate leaders, including CEOs, will be held accountable for their actions,” Mr. Racine said in a statement Monday.
Mr. Racine’s lawsuit said Cambridge Analytica exfiltrated personal data on 70 million Facebook users in the U.S., including 340,000 people in the District, to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Mike Davis, the founder of the conservative Internet Accountability Project, is cheering attorneys generals’ efforts to crack down.
“Holding Big Tech accountable is a priority for the American public, and we’re glad attorneys general around the country are responding to their constituents,” Mr. Davis said.
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