While the FTC continues to investigate the mismanagement of user data by the social network, it seems increasingly likely that officials will choose Facebook's CEO to impose new sanctions on the company.
Days after Washington Post reported the FTC is "discussing how to hold Zuckerberg accountable for Facebook's data errors," says the newspaper reports now A Democratic senator urges the agency to blow up Facebook's founder. Zuckerberg should be "individually liable" for Facebook's privacy breaches, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden wrote in a letter to the FTC.
"The FTC must also specify the material and material penalties that will apply both to the Facebook company and to Mr. Zuckerberg in the event of a future offense," he wrote in a statement. letter from the president. Washington Post. Wyden has been previously a vocal critic from Facebook.
It would be a rare gesture for the FTC, who refrained from choosing Zuckerberg in 2011, the last time the social network got into trouble with the agency.
But after years of scandals over privacy and repeated promises of Zuckerberg et al. to do better, the patience of the officials seems to be exhausting. Punishing Zuckerberg personally would not only be a major embarrassment for Zuckerberg, but also a warning to the other giants of Silicon Valley technology.
The timing would be particularly bad for Zuckerberg and Facebook. In addition to the FTC, the company is also facing a SEC investigation and a criminal investigation in its data sharing practices. Meanwhile, lawmakers have said that they want break the business and Facebook shareholders have been looking for strip Zuck of his hold on society.
And while it's still possible that little is happening – Facebook has managed to repel the inquiries and angry shareholders in the past – the fact that Zuckerberg is being called on publicly suggests that the CEO's reputation could be hit hard, even on Facebook. Huge public relations machine will not be able to repair.