Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO, has never had to testify under oath about a major scandal but has 4 career-defining, very damaging matters hitting concurrently. *Allegations* involve #1 collusion (with Google), #2 insurrection, #3 cover-up of breach, #4 fraud. Here we go...
#1 State AGs amended complaint vs Google was ordered filed mostly unsealed by tomorrow. And SDNY Court ruled last month two senior Facebook names involved in a market rigging allegation, a section one Sherman Act violation, can't be redacted. Sandberg is expected to be one. /2
#2 Facebook received subpoena today from Jan 6th Select Committee as it reportedly has avoided turning over requested info. Facebook also showed up as a tool in today's indictments of alleged seditious conspiracy. Sandberg previously minimized its role. /3
#3 a big, under-reported one. Cambridge Analytica cover-up appears to be unraveling. DC Superior Court ordered her boss's deposition and N District of Cal Court is winning key discovery around matter - all earlier this week with their top Gibson Dunn attorneys losing motions. /4
Digging in here a bit more. Discovery of Sandberg's documents according to the plaintiffs "will shed considerable additional light on the scandal." And we learned in documents being unsealed a bit more why they may. /5
If you recall when scandal broke, Facebook went dark for 5 days (3/16/18-3/21/18). This redaction is communications between Sandberg and cybersecurity firm (aka their auditors / clean-up crew) which apparently happened the same day Sandberg broke her silence (on CNBC). But... /6
Facebook lost motions to seal 2 firms' that worked for them including the one Sheryl was messaging immediately after scandal broke. Court ruled these messages are discoverable as they're not attorney-privileged or work product as FB planned audit regardless of lawsuits. So... /7
We don't what will be in this discovery but it involves a period where Facebook was dark, Sandberg was messaging a clean-up crew, those messages are discoverable and allegations she was "at the forefront of [their response] as she very much led monetization of user data. /8
Speaking of that business model, Facebook also lost a motion fighting discovery of the nearly 150 sources of data they have on each of the plaintiffs. First step is to describe each of these sources at a high-level and how they're used. This must be very uncomfortable for FB. /9
#4 Fraud. Over the holidays, a ton of evidence was unsealed in a N District of Cal case which added fraud allegations (knowledge of inflated potential reach metrics). The evidence is damning considering FB whistleblower also filed SEC complaint related to this matter. /10
If you want to go deeper on any of these, here is a thread on #1. Again, Google-Facebook collusion allegations should have some redactions removed tomorrow sometime on the docket. /11
here is a thread on #3 leading into a bunch of information on the Cambridge Analytica cover-up which is also the subject of massive shareholder suits, too, in Delaware. /12
And a thread on #4 including the documents which were unsealed over the holiday, they're quite something to read through carefully. I wouldn't be surprised if the SEC is digging into this complaint by the whistleblower at this point. /13
by the way, this is the first interview Sandberg did (with @JBoorstin) referenced in tweet 6. On the very same day, she was involved in messages with FB's clean-up firm reportedly booted out of Cambridge Analytica UK offices on March 19th by regulator. /14…
I'll stop there, bracing for my mentions to be full of "lean in" quips... in all seriousness, back to my first tweet, these are significant issues and as far as anyone knows, she has never had to answer on any of them under oath. That's INSANE. /14

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12 Jan
Voila. Court order just posted requiring CEO Zuckerberg to FINALLY be deposed (Facebook paid $5B to FTC in 2019 to avoid this) along with Allison Hendrix who played point with Cambridge Analytica during the cover-up at issue in this lawsuit. Facebook will still fight this. 1/2
This is a problem for Facebook because there is emerging evidence in a parallel suit in NDCal that signals the timeline and cover-up could get super messy for FB leadership. Their out here is somehow fighting the deposition and shutting down discovery. 2/2
Anyway, DC AG office has been strong in this case, too, and they've begun to connect some key dots as they await decision to amend the complaint to name Mark Zuckerberg on it - again something the company resisted hard with FTC and SEC settlements. 3/2
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11 Jan
Snap! FTC amended lawsuit to break up Facebook - green light from the court! Congrats to FTC.
Rather than spend time dunking on FB's friendlies who suggested it had failed, I hope you will ignore their next round of talking points since the last ones were so damn wrong. /1
First, they told you the FTC failed to even define a market - their go-to line. This was entirely false, the court said they had failed to provide metrics to back it up which they added in spades to the amended complaint which had the same core theory as the Court notes. /2
The really really obviously on Facebook's payroll and influence list said things like the FTC had already "approved" the Instagram and WhatsApp deals which were sort of the rookie-league arguments and false. But again, the Judge clarified why those points were irrelevant. /3
Read 12 tweets
4 Jan
This entire Washington Post - ProPublica joint report is superb as it states as clearly as I’ve seen the critical role of Facebook. The same unbridled tech generating $100B/year from advertisers in order to amplify microtargeting also does the same for the Big Lie. /1 Image
I’ve noted recently how Facebook is rotating 2016 Andy Stone clones in their Kaplan/Washington PR department to defend the company from the indefensible. Pusateri is apparently on deck for this one - attempting to reframe the point into something impossible to prove. /2 Image
The statement from Facebook today compared to its attempt to defend Sandberg’s gaslighting in the immediate aftermath is pretty obvious. /3
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30 Dec 21
Attention Verizon Wireless customers: “Custom Experience” is a new setting allowing Verizon to mine your mobile activity to feed its surveillance ads business effectively ripping off publishers, too. Even if you turn off the on-by-default setting they’ll text you again. /1
None of this would be possible under the FCC privacy rules passed in 2016 that were then thrown out in first few months of new administration. Google and adtech also opposed them as they were worried about a “slippery slope” impacting their own surveillance ads businesses. /2
I wrote a number of op-eds about all of this back in 2014-2016. Same issue continues to exist when companies acting as “gatekeepers” leverage their market power to force or trick users into accepting their surveillance advertising business models which most users don’t want. /3
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24 Dec 21
and because one Facebook lawsuit as the world turns to xmas eve isn't enough, the AG of Washington DC has his lawsuit for FB's cover-up of Cambridge Analytica and just filed reply to FB fighting Mark Zuckerberg being personally named in the suit. /1
"he 'personally participated' in the company's tortious conduct" hints at the newly discovered evidence that caused the AG's office to personally add Mark Zuckerberg to the lawsuit. Facebook paid the FTC $5 billion supposedly to avoid Zuckerberg being added to its lawsuit. /2
this is first time I've seen these exact words in a court doc, "his [Mark Zuckerberg] role in covering up Cambridge Analytica when Facebook first discovered it in 2015." This all gets to timeline where Zuckerberg's testimony and Facebook's failure to answer Parliament. /3
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24 Dec 21
facebook's fraud lawsuit for inflating its claimed reach for advertisers just posted 95 files (3,646 pages!) - including a lot of the evidence dcn pushed to unseal. includes internal email threads behind prior claims. looks damning. will link to prior threads in a bit. /1
In the thousands of pages, we learn Publicis in France was especially concerned suggesting clients significantly reduce spend leading to their largest client, P&G, supposedly ceasing all spend. They estimated differences of 40-50% in claimed reach vs census in certain targets. /2
We also see Alex Schultz (now CMO) breaking down the source of inflated reach which follow-up docs show he accurately assessed as mostly due to #2 - lying about age and #3 - fake and duplicate accounts. Both listed as "millions" of the inflation... /3
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