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Facebook Dragged To Court For Spying On Instagram Users

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Facebook is presently on trial in a federal court in San Francisco. California, for allegedly spying on Instagram users.

Contending that Facebook’s use of iPhone cameras is intentional, an Instagram user Brittany Conditi told the court that the Mark Zuckerberg‘s app is strategically using users’ cameras for an agenda.

According to Conditi, Facebook’s use of camera is being done for the purpose of collecting “lucrative and valuable data on its users that it would not otherwise have access to.”

The accuser continued, “by obtaining extremely private and intimate personal data on their users, including in the privacy of their own homes, Instagram and Facebook are able to collect valuable insights and market research.”

This is however not the first time Facebook will be sued for spying on users.

Recall that in July 2020, Instagram, a photo-sharing app owned by Facebook, was said to have been acessing iPhone cameras even when they weren’t actively being used.

In one of the suits, Facebook was accused of using facial recognition technology to illegally harvest the biometric data of its more than 100 million Instagram users.

Debunking the complainants’ claims, Facebook said Instagram doesn’t use face recognition technology.

The social media application however blamed the camera issue on a bug, which it said it was correcting, for triggering what it described as false notifications that Instagram was accessing iPhone cameras.

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