Facebook’s FTC headache will soon be over and it looks like Mark Zuckerberg will emerge unscathed.
A new report in the Washington Post details how Zuckerberg managed to avoid being personally singled out by the FTC, despite some of the commission members’ efforts to do so.
According to the report, at least two FTC members wanted to put Zuckerberg under order, meaning the CEO could personally face fines if Facebook made future mistakes.
Facebook’s team of lawyers, overseen by Colin Stretch, the company’s general counsel, steadfastly opposed placing Zuckerberg under order, including during meetings with commission negotiators starting last year.
Commission staff at one point sought to include in their order a section that pointed out all the times that Zuckerberg had spoken or posted publicly about Facebook’s privacy commitments.
Still, for anyone hoping the FTC settlement would finally hold Zuckerberg to account for the company’s numerous privacy violations, this will be a huge disappointment.
Though Facebook will ultimately have to submit to some increased oversight, Zuckerberg just proved he is as untouchable as ever.