Meta Raises Eyebrows After Filing Court Papers That Call FTC Unconstitutional And Inconsistent

Tech giant Meta Platforms is making heads turn after the organization laid down new court filings that spoke about how the FTC is reportedly inconsistent in its decisions and unconstitutional.

The news comes after Meta was scrutinized by the regulatory body. It sent out an order that banned the tech giant from making money through minors, calling it unlawful. And as expected, Facebook’s parent firm is not happy.

The FTC was accused of performing poorly as both a prosecutor as well as a judge. And it’s therefore inconsistent with the findings along the process, Meta added in the documents that were sent in Judge Randolph Moss’s direction in the state capital.

The firm is seeking more injunctions to somehow pause the preceding that is coming in its direction by Meta. Moreover, the latter says a lot of policies and changes have been taking place for years and they’ve gone unnoticed despite being against the law.

The firm further went on to elaborate how in the year 2023, the FTC did not convince judges to make a decision on the tech giant’s behavior about a list of high-profile cases.

This included several aimed at stopping Meta’s acquisition regarding virtual fitness. Moreover, the current battle taking place between FTC and tech giant Meta goes back to May of this year when privacy settlements were modified, belonging to the year 2020.

This had to do with Meta enabling Cambridge Analytica from taking people’s data that is needed to pay $5 billion. Alongside that, it had to do with implementing the latest policy insights as well as new privacy tests related to the matter.

Then in May, we saw the FTC begin a proceeding that had to do with creating new terms for a settlement such as barring Meta from making use of data of minors. This was related to fueling the algorithms and focusing more on targeting advertising practices.

During that period, more allegations and questions were raised against tech giant Meta and its Messenger Kids application. The latter had so many coding errors and enabled kids to communicate more with individuals that their parents had no clue about.

Meanwhile, one independent assessor acknowledged several gaps and flaws in regard to the firm’s privacy program. We also saw the company contending to several glitches having to do with violations of the children’s law.

When the FTC asked Meta to make amendments, it hoped the tech giant would pop up at the leading administrative hearing at its premises and that’s when the final ruling would be made in terms of whether a revision was necessary or not.

Meta similarly laid down the framework as well as request for working because this organization was working on terms laid out by the judge and would therefore only be changed if the judge had approved.

Then last month, the firm made claims of how unlawful this entire ordeal was and that the way it was working was against the US Constitution.

But this is not the first time that we’ve seen the tech giant make such claims. With time, it has admitted over the last decade how the FTC works in a manner that is against the state’s constitution.

Moreover, Meta disputed that interpretation and also agreed to settle two actions arising from the past. This has been a matter that the company has hoped to find a solution but so far, it’s just not working as we can see. Therefore, the last resort seems to be related to pressing legal action and requesting the judge to handle the sensitive matter.

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