AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS
AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

Washington: Facebook is facing a “record-setting” fine from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over its handling of user data and privacy violations. According to a report in The New York Times citing sources late on Friday, the FTC “is in the advanced stages of its investigation into whether Facebook violated privacy rules and is expected to seek large fines from the company”. The highest financial penalty ever imposed by FTC was $22.5 million on Google in 2012 for privacy violations, and the Facebook fine is “expected to be in the excess of that”, according to The Washington Post.

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