Meta faces lawsuit from Spanish media over advertising practices

The Asociacion de Medios de Informacion seeks more than $598.6 million from Meta


A group representing more than 80 media outlets in Spain filed a lawsuit against Meta Platforms, saying the Facebook and Instagram owner hadn’t complied with European data-protection laws that require users’ consent before their data are used for advertising profiling.

The Asociacion de Medios de Informacion said Monday that it was seeking more than 550 million euros, equivalent to $598.6 million, from Meta, citing the “massive” and “systematic” use of personal data by the group’s platforms without users’ consent that handed Meta an “unfair” advantage in the advertising market.

AMI represents some of Spain’s largest media publications, including El Mundo, El Pais, El Economista and Cinco Dias. 

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