Facebook sued by its users for recording their call and SMS details

A lit sign is seen at the entrance to Facebook's corporate headquarters location in Menlo Park

By uploading your contacts, it "helps you find and stay connected with the people you care about, and provides you with a better experience across Facebook".

Facebook can't keep responding to outrage in this way, or the company might find that the privacy tradeoffs stop being worth it. This understandably led to a freakout in the press and on social media: Is Facebook just a synonym for Big Brother?

"Facebook's platform that excludes these consumers from ever seeing certain ads to rent or buy housing must be changed immediately", Rice continued. However, the company's approval process didn't seem to be effective in case of Cambridge Analytica who had its hand over the data of million users. "We believe this lawsuit is without merit, and we will defend ourselves vigorously".

In a suit filed on Tuesday by the National Fair Housing Alliance and other organizations, Facebook is being accused of "egregious and shocking" housing discrimination. They could also opt to exclude people with certain interests, including disabled veterans, disabled parking permits, or learning English as a second language. The data is not sold to third parties, company said.

"We've heard that when accessing their information from our Download Your Information tool, some people are seeing their old videos that do not appear on their profile or Activity Log", Facebook told New York Mag.

The Verge has reached out to Facebook regarding when the app review process will be resumed.

Users who don't realize they've been sharing this data are getting a rude awakening when they delete their Facebook accounts and look through this archived data for the first time.

The suit alleges that Facebook, through its hyper-targeted advertising platform, allows for housing discrimination of women, people with disabilities, and those with children.

"Because of Facebook's impact on the housing market, we'll ask the court to implement a plan of community education and outreach to housing providers to inform them of their obligation not to discriminate". In October 2016, ProPublica revealed how Facebook enabled marketers to exclude groups with what it called "ethnic affinities", including blacks and Hispanics, from seeing ads.

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