The Supreme Court will take up Meta's bid to end the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal lawsuit

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider settling a multibillion-dollar class action lawsuit against Facebook parent company Meta, following the privacy scandal surrounding the Cambridge Analytica political consultancy firm.

The judges agreed to Meta's appeal against a lower court ruling that allowed the class action to proceed. Investors claim that Meta has not fully disclosed the risks involved The personal data of Facebook users would be misused of Cambridge Analytica, a company that supported Donald Trump's successful 2016 Republican presidential campaign.

Inadequacy of disclosures led to two significant drops in the price of the company's stock in 2018 after the public learned about the extent of the privacy scandal, the investors say.

The case will be heard in the autumn.

Meta has already paid a $5.1 billion fine and reached a $725 million privacy settlement with users.

Cambridge Analytica had ties to Trump political strategist Stephen Bannon. It had paid a Facebook app developer for access to the personal information of about 87 million Facebook users. That data was then used to target American voters during the 2016 campaign.

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