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Facebook Faces Sex-Trafficking Lawsuit Amid Data Breach Scandal

Tech giant is now being sued for its alleged part in the forced prostitution

 on 8th October 2018 @ 6.01pm
tech giant is now being sued for its alleged part in the forced prostitution © press
Tech giant is now being sued for its alleged part in the forced prostitution

Facebook is taking yet another hit following their major data breach scandal which exposed private information of 50 million users, this time it's a sex trafficking lawsuit.

The tech giant is now being sued for its alleged part in the forced prostitution of a Texas woman, according to Reuters.

The woman, only know as Jane Doe, was contacted by Facebook in 2012 by a friend who appeared to have similar friends in common - she was 6 years old at the time. 

The 'Facebook friend' gained the teen's trust over time and picked her up from her home whilst she was fighting with her mother.

She was then beaten, raped, and had pictures taken of her to post online, according to tot he lawsuit charges.

facebook faces sex trafficking lawsuit amid data breach scandal © press

According to WJ: The website the images were posted to, Backpage, was shut down in April after a Department of Justice investigation.

Complaints classified the website as a haven for sex traffickers and prostitutes.

Along with Facebook, Jane Doe is also suing Backpage and its founders.

For the social media giant, this lawsuit could not have come at a dangerous time.

Facebook has been fighting to gain back user trust after the infamous Cambridge Analytica scandal.

facebook faces sex trafficking lawsuit amid data breach scandal © press

The suit now threatens to link the company’s brand with sex trafficking, something sure to throw a wrench in whatever plan its PR team has to improve Facebook’s profile.

And why wouldn’t they be?

With recent revelations showing just how bad the reported data breach is, rampant political bias problems, and now a lawsuit alleging sex trafficking, many are feeling more and more removed from the platform.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg even went to Washington to address lawmaker concerns about his website.

Zuckerberg’s discomforting mannerisms and responses during the meeting fueled memes that did nothing to rebuild public trust in him or his company.

This latest lawsuit is another headache in an already tough year for Facebook.

If the company keeps losing public trust like this, it might end up like the once-dominant MySpace.

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