We told you that Facebook has set aside cash in the amount of 3 to 5 billion dollars to pay the Federal Trade Commission. Federal Legislators agree that Facebook's users have long been punished for imposing the company on their personal data.
But the disagreements within the Federal Trade Commission have increased day by day. Negotiations on policy and reconciliation appear in the negotiations in the Commission, and what is happening in the Federal Trade Commission is becoming more and more complex.
The FTC; Facebook did not keep the promise given to them, by applying a penalty against the past months of the commission decided to put forward the sanctions. However, the sources that are on the subject say that the members of the committe had disagreements on the scope and volume of the penalty to be given to the technology company.
This disagreement has started to complicate recent negotiations. One of the most controversial issues during the negotiations was the degree to which Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, was personally held responsible for the breach of a 2011 deal, as well as the debates on financial penalties that were expected to be implemented.
Facebook strongly argues that Zuckerberg should not be held responsible for 35,000 employees legally. Although no consensus was reached in the speeches, the bargaining process continues. Moreover, the decision is expected to be finalized in the coming days and an announcement will be made soon.
It is worth mentioning once again the importance of this decision. The eye of the entire world is on the Commission and Commission President Joseph J. Simson. This decision will determine the attitude of the US to the technology giants.
Joseph J. Simons, the Republican President of the Commission, has the votes of the other two Republican members. This gives Simons the authority to approve the agreement. However, Simos avoids direct decision-making, assuming that a majority of 3 to 2 decisions will lead to serious systems on Capitol Hill.
The decision will also reveal how Trump's administration is capable of punishing technology companies. President Trump says that technology companies such as Facebook and Amazon often have a lot of power. Even last week, Trump expressed his remarks on blocking conservatives in social networks.
Let's add that the Democrats are trying to rein in the power of Silicon Valley. For example, Oregon's Democratic Senator Ron Wyden says Mark Zuckerberg should be held accountable for the agreements, stating that this case will be a model for other technology companies. Rohit Chopra, one of the two democracies in the Commission, supports those who violate the FTC rules to receive tougher sentences.
In the meantime, in addition to the penalty, under the proposed agreement, Facebook creates new positions that attach importance to privacy principles and compliance. In addition, the FTC will form an independent committee that will coordinate with the company and oversee Facebook's privacy efforts. This committee and the FTC will monitor the way in which the company manages the data through an externally appointed surveyor. In addition to this, Facebook will provide privacy control manager to control privacy. Nevertheless, the agreement will not prevent Facebook from tracking users and sharing this data with its partners.