FTC rejects Facebook’s justification for cutting off researchers as ‘inaccurate’

On Tuesday, August 3rd, Facebook disabled the accounts of researchers at the New York University Ad Observatory, which tracks digital advertisements on the platform. Facebook mentioned they took these actions to comply with a privacy order it struck with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Samuel Levine, Acting Director for the Bureau of Consumer Protection, later released a letter on behalf of the FTC expressing his disappointment in the company, as well as how the company’s initial claims were inaccurate.