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For Immediate Release

David Rosen:

Meta Sics Big Law Attack Dogs on FTC in Cynical Effort to Avoid Accountability

On Wednesday night, Meta filed a lawsuit against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that the agency lacks the constitutional authority to enforce a consent decree that Meta voluntarily entered into.

Emily Peterson-Cassin, digital rights advocate for Public Citizen, released the following statement in response:

“Facebook made an agreement with the FTC, and now it doesn’t want to face the consequences of possible violations of that agreement. It’s beyond cynical for Facebook to launch a legal attack on the FTC’s authority to enforce an agreement the company voluntarily entered into. Meta’s lawsuit echoes a series of well-funded attacks on the administrative state, exemplified by Supreme Court arguments yesterday in Jarkesy v. SEC.

“Facebook is accused of hurting and exploiting kids; the public needs the FTC to get to the bottom of those accusations and hold Facebook liable for any and all violations, without delay.”

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