This week, Facebook responded to a legal proceeding relating to the Cambridge Analytica scandal by claiming it isn’t a social network and not somewhere you can make friends.
As Ars Technica reports, the lawsuit was filed in December last year by District of Columbia (DC) attorney general Karl Racine. It declared that of the 70 million people who had personal data taken by Cambridge Analytica, 340,000 were residents of DC. Racine is demanding $5,000 in civil penalties per resident, which might mean Facebook has got to pay out $1.7 billion.
As you’d expect, the social network is fighting the case hard. The explanation it’s taken so long for a response to be forthcoming is as a result of Facebook spent nearly seven months trying to get the legal proceeding dismissed. That isn’t happening because of a federal judge.