Facebook to faces class-action suit over facial recognition

Facebook to faces class-action suit over facial recognition

"As more people become aware of the scope of Facebook's data collection and as consequences begin to attach to that data collection, whether economic or regulatory, Facebook will have to take a long look at its privacy practices and make changes consistent with user expectations and regulatory requirements", said Shawn Williams, one of the plaintiff's attorneys, according to Bloomberg.

The session will also see detailed scrutiny of the Online Advertising and Social Media (Transparency) Bill 2017, which aims to ban the use of automated social media accounts to manipulate online political debates and influence campaigns.

Facebook said the case had no merit.

Facebook is running similar initiatives in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines and the US.

Monday's ruling will likely impact the Silicon Valley giant, which has already lost billions of dollars in wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where some 87 million Facebook users had their personal data "mishandled" and shared with a third party.

Facebook also faced criticism by the Indian government for the similar incident, which might have leaked the data of almost 5.62 lakh people in India. Facebook had admitted that almost 5.62 lakh people in India were "potentially affected" by the incident.

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The decision comes days after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced intensive questioning by USA lawmakers over the company's collection and use of user data.

Top Facebook executives are appearing before the Oireachtas Committee on Communications.

"It will also be able to stop the hoax from spreading and reduces the number of people who see it. Pages and domains that repeatedly share false news will also see their distribution reduced and their ability to monetise and advertise removed", the blog outlined.

Facebook said after a story is rated as false by the fact-checker, it will figure lower in News Feed, "significantly reducing its distribution".

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Karnataka, led by Siddaramaiah government is slated to witness an assembly election on May 12.

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