Meta accused of failing to warn investors of Apple privacy tweak

Meta accused of failing to warn investors of Apple privacy tweak.

Meta Platforms Inc falsely reassured investors that the impacts of privacy tweaks to Apple’s iOS software for iPhones “were manageable” before it said in February it expects to lose US$10bil (RM41.82bil) in ad revenue this year because of the changes, according to a proposed class-action lawsuit.

“Instead of being transparent with investors, defendants painted a false and misleading picture of the mitigation efforts Meta put in place to counteract the changes in iOS and rebuild Meta’s advertising business model,” the trust said in its complaint.

A spokesperson for Meta declined to comment.The suit comes as Meta is reeling from changes made last year by Apple, which require app makers to ask users if they consent to being tracked. The privacy change has severely hit Meta’s Facebook business that relies heavily on user data to sell targeted ads. Meta had lashed out at Apple last year for the change and warned investors that it would hurt ad revenue.

But the trust claims that executives only “fully revealed” the “significant headwinds” for Meta’s advertising business after it announced a grim earnings report on Feb 2 that led to an unprecedented 27% drop in its stock price the next day.Meta’s “wrongful acts and omissions” led to a “precipitous decline” in its stock that led to significant losses and damages for shareholders, the trust said in its complaint. – Bloomberg

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