Facebook’s announcement in late April that it had set aside $3 billion to $5 billion to settle claims that it mishandled users’ personal data suggested a strong consensus by federal regulators that the social media giant needed to be held accountable.
The F.T.C. chairman seems to have the votes to approve a settlement. But the members are split on the size and scope of the tech company’s punishment. One of the biggest issues has been whether to hold Mark Zuckerberg liable for future violations.