FTC divided on Facebook fines
Supervisors in the United States reportedly disagree on how much punishment Facebook should receive for the privacy scandals at the social media company.
According to The New York Times, there is discord within the so-called Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about the extent to which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg can be held responsible.
The message is based on initiates. The parties refused to comment. Facebook itself recently indicated that it is counting on a fine of at least $ 3 billion.
The issue is very important for the FTC, which has five committee members including two Democrats and three Republicans. The highest fine ever imposed by the regulator on a tech company was $ 22.5 million, the newspaper said. This time the FTC would finally like to show its muscles, but the disagreements seem to delay the process.
With the scandals, in which Facebook was not so close to user privacy, the company would have violated the rules of a previous settlement from 2011. This is essential because the FTC can only issue fines to companies that go wrong again.