FTC pushes to ban Meta from profiting off children’s data

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On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission proposed sweeping changes to how Meta operates, accusing the company of violating a suite of child privacy protections.

In a press release, the agency alleged that Meta violated a 2020 privacy order it had reached with the agency. The proposal cites instances in which the company misled parents on the extent of their abilities to control who their children communicate with over services like Messenger Kids, and misrepresenting the access the company grants third-party app developers to private user data.

“Facebook has repeatedly violated its privacy promises,” said Samuel Levine, FTC consumer protection bureau director. “The company’s recklessness has put young users at risk and Facebook needs…

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