U.S. FTC says Facebook misused privacy decree to shut down ad research The U.S. Federal Trade Commission criticized Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Thursday for making "misleading claims" to explain why it had disabled the accounts of researchers studying political ads on the social media platform. Perspective | Facebook silences the people who know its operations bestTech giants use nondisparagement clauses to keep former employees from discussing the companies. Facebook pressed by U.S. lawmakers on disabling NYU research accountsU.S. lawmakers pressed Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Monday on why it disabled the accounts of researchers studying political ads on the social media platform, saying it was "imperative" that experts be allowed to look into "harmful activity ... proliferating on FTC Slams Facebook for Lying About Why It Shut Down Misinformation ResearchThe Federal Trade Commission also called the social media platform a “surveillance-based advertising” company. FTC disputes Facebook reasoning for shutting down NYU disinformation project | ZDNetThe Federal Trade Commission denied that their consent decree had anything to do with Facebook's decision to end NYU's Ad Observatory. Facebook’s justification for banning third-party researchers ‘inaccurate,’ says FTCFTC to Facebook: don’t blame us for your mess FTC hits Facebook over 'inaccurate' explanation for banning researchersThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) slammed Facebook for sharing an “inaccurate” explanation after it suspended the accounts of researchers who have been critical of the platform. FTC slams Facebook for suspending researchers who were studying the social media giant's ad-targetingThe FTC warned Facebook against invoking privacy or the agency itself "as a pretext to other aims."