Legal attacks on Facebook continue and it seems much more clear what brought on the sudden name change from Facebook to Meta on October 28, 2021.
Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton sued Facebook for allegedly violating the Texas Capture or Use of Biometric Identifier Act and the Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act. The tech giant, settled a class-action lawsuit in February 2021 with the State of Illinois for $650 million over the same violation. The Texas suit calls for the court to impose a $25,000 civil penalty on Meta per violation of the state’s biometric law and $10,000 per violation of Texas consumer protection law. Paxton said at a news conference he is seeking billions of dollars in damages.
The Texas AG commented that biometric information collected without consent from over 20 million Texans during 2021 was shared at a considerable profit, with third parties. What if California with 39 million residents sued Facebook. Would that bankrupt Facebook and Meta?