Three people who are users of the Facebook Messenger app went to court to sue Facebook, Inc. Common Stock (NASDAQ:FB) on Tuesday. The three, accused the social network for violating their privacy by collecting information appertaining to the logs of their phone calls plus the text messages. This is the latest in a series of legal challenges facing the company.
The U.S. lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in the Northern District of California, is seeking status as a class action on behalf of all the people that were affected asks for unspecified damages. Facebook is yet to give comment on the latest developments.
Facebook, which is still struggling with another scandal which involve its handling of personal data, has acknowledged that it had issued logging some users’ call and text history data but said it had offered them only when users of the Android operating system had opted in.
The social media company has said that it does not collect the content of users’ calls or text messages, and that information is privately and securely stored. The information is not sold to any third parties.
The law suit does not name Google which owns Android as a defendant.
In other news, Mark Zuckerberg , chief executive of Facebook, , has agreed to testify before the U.S Congress to shed some light on the data harvesting scandal which has rocked the company, sending the share price tumbling and led to several investigations and lawsuits.
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The CEO has accepted an invitation for him to testify before the House energy and commerce committee. This is according to an aide who is familiar with the ongoing discussions. The date on when he will testify yet to be set. The House committee has not confirmed or denied the report.
Additionally, Zuckerberg has also been summoned to appear before the Senate judiciary and commerce committees for a hearing. The decision to testify before the Congress was revealed by CNN, and contradicts with his decision to decline to appear before members of parliament in the United Kingdom. On Tuesday, the chair of one of the committees in the U.K, said Zuckerberg’s decision to be represented by other executives was surprising.