MS Attorney General sends letter to Facebook

MS Attorney General sends letter to Facebook
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MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is focusing in on the social media platform "Facebook" following a recent fallout.

Facebook has problems that are occurring right now.

The social media giant announced they failed to disclose that millions of profiles for the online site were used by a third party during the presidential campaign without the users consent.

Now, Attorney General Jim Hood is speaking out trying to protect Mississippians.

"I sent a litigation letter to Facebook over them allowing their systems to be mined for people's personal information, and they have a duty to protect," Hood said.

This is the letter Hood sent to Facebook's co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg just this week. The litigation hold notice is informing Zukerberg the State of Mississippi is investigating Facebook's conduct related to the data released. In the letter Hood writes "The purpose of this investigation is to determine whether there exist any violations of Mississippi law. One of the many potential outcomes of the ongoing investigation could be civil or criminal litigation arising under state law."

Hood says this is the same situation he had with Google several years ago.

"It's the same situation I had with Google several years ago," Hood said. "There's another federal law that they got passed called the Communication Decency Act, and corporations broke that law per our congress and they got themselves immunity. So, they all think they don't have a duty to protect consumers so we as attorneys general are always trying to enforce our state laws."

Attorney General Jim Hood said it is part of his duty to protect Mississippi residents from unfair practices.

You can view Hood's full letter written to Facebook below: