Tag: Facebook

Ninth Circuit Revives in Part Facebook Privacy-Related Securities Suit | The D&O Diary

I have long thought that privacy-related issues represent one of the important emerging areas of D&O liability exposure. One case that I thought represented an example of this emerging risk was the securities class action lawsuit brought against Facebook related to the Cambridge Analytica user data privacy scandal. However, when the court granted the motion to dismiss in the case,…

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Facebook executive David Marcus says Bitcoin is an investment, not currency

David Marcus, the head of Facebook’s cryptocurrency projects, on Wednesday said that Bitcoin is digital gold, but it’s not a good currency for transactions. “I don’t think of Bitcoin as a currency. It’s actually not a great medium of exchange because of it’s volatility,” Marcus said speaking at the New York Times DealBook Conference in New York. “I see it…

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Facebook to Pay $100 Million for Misleading Investors About the Risks It Faced From Misuse of User Data

Facebook has agreed to pay $100 million to settle the charges. According to the SEC’s complaint, in 2014 and 2015, the now-defunct advertising and data analytics company, Cambridge Analytica, paid an academic researcher, through a company he controlled, to collect and transfer data from Facebook to create personality scores for approximately 30 million Americans.  In addition to the personality scores,…

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Facebook’s cryptocurrency could be $19B revenue opportunity: Barclays

The social network is reportedly developing a cryptocurrency that could be part of a multibillion-dollar revenue opportunity, Barclays internet analyst Ross Sandler said in a note to clients Monday. Sandler forecasted as much as $19 billion in additional revenue by 2021 from “Facebook Coin.” Conservatively, the firm sees a base-case of an incremental $3 billion in revenue from a successful…

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Facebook must face shareholder class actions over IPO | Reuters

A federal judge has certified two shareholder class actions accusing Facebook Inc of hiding concerns about its growth forecasts prior to the social media company’s May 2012 initial public offering. U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet in Manhattan said retail and institutional investors who claimed to lose money from buying Facebook shares at inflated prices in connection with the $16 billion…

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Facebook, Underwriters Make Dismissal Pitch in IPO Investor Suits — The Litigation Daily

In a 61-page brief filed on Wednesday, Facebook’s lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis and Willkie Farr & Gallagher moved to dismiss consolidated securities litigation over the IPO. Contrary to a slew of complaints filed by plaintiffs lawyers, they argued that Facebook adequately warned investors in the run-up to the IPO that increased mobile usage might erode ad revenue. The dismissal…

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