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are discussing the federal regulators whether and how to personally ask the head of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, for the history of the According to NBC News on Thursday, two sources familiar with the discussions reportedly blamed the company for abusing its private data.
The sources do not explain which measures are specifically considered. The Washington Post, which reported for the first time on the development, reported that the regulators examined an increased supervision over Zuckerberg's leadership.
While Facebook has been scrutinized for years for its privacy practices, the two Democratic members of the FTC said that the agency should do this. If necessary, address individual leaders.
Justin Brookman, a former director of technology research at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), said on Thursday evening that although the FTC managed to name individual corporate leaders, if they had been guided by wrongdoing, controlled, and known, "As far as I can tell, They usually use this authority only in fraudulent cases. "
Discussions are coming as the FTC conducts a study of Facebook's data handling practices for more than a year.
A The Facebook spokesman declined to comment on the discussions, saying only, "We hope for a fair and fair solution."
The FTC said in March last year that it did. It investigated reports that the UK consulting firm Cambridge Analytica was illegally gaining access to the data of seven years after Facebook's agreement to improve its privacy practices to settle a dispute with the FTC Millions of Facebook users had received. In July, not only the FTC but also the FBI, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice were investigated for the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
However, the abuses of Facebook user data have continued regularly since then. Last Wednesday, the company said it had "inadvertently uploaded" the email contacts of up to 1.5 million users who signed up for the service in May 2016. Zuckerberg Under Pressure from Regulators and Legislators They have proven to be inadequate to improve the company's serial promises.
NBC News reported this week that Zuckerberg has monitored the plans to treat users' data as a negotiating chip with affiliates corporate documents from 2011 to 2015.