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Facebook Faces Lawsuit Over User Privacy

March 28, 2018 - 1:28 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Facebook has announced changes to its privacy settings.

The move comes as the social media network fell under fire over the way users' personal information was misused by data mining company Cambridge Analytica.

The changes won't affect any of Facebook's current privacy policies or the data it collects. The company is hoping its 2.2-billion users will have an easier time navigating the complex and potentially confusing privacy and security settings.

Facebook said they want to give users a simpler way to access and download the data it collects on them.

Revelations about user data have caused recent headaches for Facebook. On Wednesday, Playboy announced that it was leaving the platform, and three Facebook Messenger app users have filed a lawsuit in California claiming Facebook violated their privacy by collecting logs of their phone calls and text messages.

Facebook's stock took a big hit after the FTC announced an investigation into the company's privacy practices. The stock had already been falling after reports that Cambridge Analytica -- working for the Trump campaign -- improperly obtained and kept data on tens of millions of users during the 2016 election. 
 
A former employee of Cambridge Analytica said that the group identified voters who might be swayed and "injected content'' that may or may not be true.