Facebook Discloses Cambridge Analytica Email It Fought for Months to Keep Secret - 2019-08-23
More than a year ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out on his personal page a "timeline" related to the Cambridge Analytica "situation." But he omitted a key piece of information, which was finally made public on Friday.
As reported in March, internal emails show a Facebook employee warned the company about Cambridge Analytica in September 2015, saying it was engaged in some "sketchy" data-harvesting activities. For most of the year, Facebook has fought vigorously in court to prevent that email from being disclosed to the public. For reasons not immediately clear, it's attorneys folded this week and agreed to its release.
"The District of Columbia fought to make this document public because we believe the American people have a right to know what and when Facebook knew about its data security weaknesses," said a spokesperson for the office of the attorney general for the District of Columbia. "According to the conversations this document contains, Facebook employees were raising alarms about political partners and doubts about their compliance with Facebook's data policies as far back as September 2015."