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By Dylan Byers and Cyrus Farivar
Federal regulators are debating whether and how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg can be held personally responsible for the history of user abuse of private data, two sources familiar with the discussions, NBC News said Thursday.
The sources would not elaborate on which measures will be specifically examined. The Washington Post, which reported on the development for the first time, reported that regulators were investigating increased surveillance of Zuckerberg's leadership.
While Facebook has been scrutinized for years for its privacy practices, the two Democratic members of the FTC said the agency may need to target individual leaders.
Justin Brookman, a former director of technology research at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), said on Thursday evening that although the FTC may designate individual corporate leaders to have guided, controlled and known about misconduct, they typically use fraudulent cases only , as far as I can tell. "
The discussions are coming as the FTC conducts a study of Facebook's data handling practices for more than a year.
A Facebook spokesman declined to comment on the discussions, saying only, "We hope for a fair and fair solution."
The FTC said in March last year that it was investigating investigations that found that UK consulting firm Cambridge Analytica was unlawfully gaining access to data from millions of Facebook users. Seven years after Facebook agreed to improve its privacy practices to resolve a dispute with the Dispute Settlement (FTC).
The company confirmed in July that not only the FTC, but also the FBI, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice are investigating the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
However, the disclosure of Facebook's misuse of user data has continued on a regular basis ever since. Last Wednesday, the company said it had "inadvertently uploaded" the email contacts of up to 1.5 million users who joined the service in May 2016.
Zuckerberg was under pressure from regulators and legislators, which they described as inadequate measures in support of the company's serial promises for better results.
NBC News reported this week that Zuckerberg oversaw the plans to handle user data as a negotiating chip with partner companies, including thousands of company documents from 2011 to 2015.