Supreme Court declines Facebook bid to shut down lawsuit

Big Tech’s ongoing encroachment into virtually every aspect of American life was dealt a blow on Monday, as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from social media behemoth Facebook.

According to The Hill, the justices rejected the Mark Zuckerberg-led company’s bid for the high court to intervene in class action litigation accusing Facebook of unlawfully tracking users’ online activity occurring even when they were not engaging with the platform itself.

The $15 billion lawsuit argues that Facebook violated the federal Wiretap Act by surreptitiously – and without consent – tracking user movements on websites that utilize Facebook functions including its “like” feature, as the Washington Examiner noted.

According to the suit filed by four California plaintiffs, actions taken by Facebook between April of 2010 and September of the following year included illegal use of cookies and plug-ins to aggregate user data that was then sold to advertisers, Reuters reported.

To Facebook’s frustration, the justices rejected a 2020 appeal of a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that revived the class action lawsuit, a decision in which the presiding judges explained:

Facebook’s user profiles would allegedly reveal an individual’s likes, dislikes, interests and habits over a significant amount of time, without affording users a meaningful opportunity to control or prevent the unauthorized exploration of their private lives.

Of note is the fact that Facebook’s practice of tracking user movement without their consent halted in 2011 once it was made public, according to documents in the case.

Those concerned about the ubiquitous nature of social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter will surely be pleased with this outcome, yet the overlap between these firms and the political left remains troubling indeed, particularly in light of the platforms’ sweeping moves back in January to deplatform conservatives including then-President Donald Trump, actions on which the New York Post reported at the time.

The influx of senior leaders from Big Tech firms into new roles within the Biden administration earlier this year has led to growing concern about government-sanctioned surveillance and censorship resulting from their increased access and potential influence over policymakers, including the president himself, as the Post noted.

Frequently at highly-publicized odds with tech giants throughout his presidency, Trump is reportedly planning a splashy and defiant return to the world of social media by launching his own platform, which, according to senior adviser Jason Miller, will “completely redefine the game.”

 
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33 Responses

  1. Thank you, I have recently been looking for info about this topic for ages and yours is the best I’ve came upon till now. However, what concerning the conclusion? Are you certain about the source?

  2. Shut them down they have become to big for their own good,I got rid of Facebook and Twitter right after the election after being sensored for certain comments

  3. Don’t use any of it.
    They can be blame for many short coming. These are arrogant creeps and nothing good can be expected out of them. They are running the country and soon the world.

  4. Facebook an Twitter never used it. They are ruining this country. They should give their millions an billions back to the hard working Americans. Go Trump!

  5. It would be a ray of sunshine to get all these money hungry scum bags out! Go earn a living like a true American! Quit waiting for the doggie 🦴

  6. It would be greatly amusing if this article and facts could be shared or shown on Facebook. Numerous Americans need to know the latest actions of the Supreme Courts denial. Is there ways that I can share any of this info and be within legal standings with your organization?

  7. Good Riddance Facebook & Twitter, You are Evil, Corrupt Media Scum and President Trump is going to kick your butts out the door!! Keep on Keeping on Mr President Donald J Trump!!

  8. GO to STRATUS.co Get way from FB Twitter you Tube TikTok and the rest of the LEFTSTREAM MEDIA.
    BE free to say what you think!

  9. Would love to see them sued into oblivion. I don’t use it and I would say they interfered with the election by suppressing information.

  10. We will soon have a Great Site…PRES DONALD J.TRUMP Site…. All those other Jerk Off’s can go sit in the corner and CRY….

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  12. Take them all out. Facistbook and the twit, media can go any day it wants. Was not long ago, a so called hack was done on facistbook, suckerman got sued for selling the info. Trump will have to put his best game on to defeat all this democrat led censorship.

    1. a good idea they are enemies of America, and should return their ill gotten wealth to the American people

    2. Social, news, FB all those media can destroy you, they pick and choose the dirtiest crap to bring out and only if it benifits their pockets, they don’t care or who they destroy

      1. I agree totally – and I know they blocked videos and other supportive post for President Trump from my page

    3. I agree with you. Zuckerman should not be selling a person’s info. Hope the person that sued him won. It’s a monopoly and should be shut down.

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