Legal expert Michael Krieger argues in a new lawsuit filed in California that Facebook violated the California Civil Rights Act when it intentionally targeted conservatives.
The complaint accuses the social network of violating California’s Fair Housing Act by publishing “false, misleading, or deceptive” information about the housing crisis in response to news coverage.
“As a result of Facebook’s intentional, pervasive and intentional efforts to distort the truth about the Great Recession, California residents have lost out on more than $200 billion in home equity, mortgage interest, student loans, credit card debt, and lost income and opportunities,” reads the complaint.
The suit claims Facebook’s coverage of the Great Depression “did not accurately reflect facts, nor did it accurately portray the Great Deal that California residents experienced during the Great War.”
The lawsuit also says the Facebook News Feeds’ “trending news” features are “false and misleading.”
Kriege is representing the plaintiffs, who claim they were duped into paying $300 per month for access to their homes through the company’s News Feed feature.
Facebook denied the allegations in a statement to ABC News.
“While we are reviewing the complaint, we take this allegation seriously and are confident that our News Feed team, led by Brad Johnson, has the necessary expertise to ensure the content that is posted in the News Feed is accurate,” a spokesperson said in an emailed statement to CBS News.