The Petitioners stated, “Absent injunctive relief by the Commission, Facebook islikely to continue its unfair and deceptive business practices and harm the publicinterest.”
Further, “Absent injunctive relief by the Commission, the privacysafeguards for consumers engaging in online commerce and new social network services will be significantly diminished.”
EPIC received a letter from Mr. David Vladeck, head of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, regarding Petitioners’ complaint on January 14, 2010. In thatletter, Mr. Vladeck stated, “Your most recent complaint raises issues of particular interest for us at this time.”7.
In the original complaint, Petitioners reserved the right to “supplement this petition asother information relevant to this proceeding becomes available.”
This supplement to the original Complaint presents new evidence that Facebook isengaging in unfair and deceptive trade practices.ADDITIONAL FACTS
Facebook’s Public Statements Demonstrate Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices.
Over 100 million Americans signed up for Facebook accounts while the defaultsetting for user information was private.
On January 9, 2010, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced thatFacebook had determined that privacy is no longer a “social norm.” He further said:We view it as our role in the system to constantly be innovating and beupdating what our system is to reflect what the current social norms are.
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Facebook Reaches 100 Million Monthly Active Users in the United States
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Facebook’s Zuckerberg Says the Age of Privacy is Over
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