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Court orders Facebook to stop tracking non-users in Belgium

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A Belgian court has ordered Facebook to stop tracking web users who have not given their consent after it found that the company broke privacy laws by using cookies and social plugins to track people online as part of an effort to sell ads, TechCrunch reports.

Why it matters: This is the second time a court in Belgium ruled that the social media giant practice violates the law, per TechCrunch. Facebook will reportedly have to pay up to €100 million (~$124M), at a rate of €250,000 per day in fines, if it doesn't comply with the ruling. The social network company plans to appeal, according to TechCrunch, arguing that its tactic allows thousands of businesses to grow and reach customers across the Europe.

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Why Trump added a streetfighter to his legal team

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A new addition to President Trump's legal team — Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney who is well-known in Washington and has argued for the president on Fox News — reflects three White House realities.

The state of play: (1) The White House is digging in for a fight that looks to be longer and messier than officials had expected. (2) This is another example of the president responding to televised cues. Trump has spent most of his adult life in litigation, and obsesses about legal positioning in the same way that he is consumed by his press coverage. (3) It's another pugilistic voice at the table, and suggests that this weekend's attacks on Mueller won't be the last.

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Facebook reaches a tipping point

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Of all the news crises Facebook has faced during the past year, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is playing out to be the worst and most damaging.

Why it matters: It's not that the reports reveal anything particularly new about how Facebook's back end works — developers have understood the vulnerabilities of Facebook's interface for years. But stakeholders crucial to the company's success — as well as the public seem less willing to listen to its side of the story this time around.