It would take Facebook just 18 minutes to pay off its £500,000 fine for the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Business Insider | 7/11/2018 | Shona Ghosh
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Facebook is facing a £500,000 ($663,575) fine from the UK's data watchdog over the Cambridge Analytical scandal.

It's the first penalty Facebook would pay for mishandling people's information.

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But the company makes so much money that it would take just 18 minutes to pay it off.

If Facebook had been fined under new European laws, the maximum penalty would have been $1.6 billion.

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It would take Facebook just 18 minutes to pay off the £500,000 fine proposed as a punishment by the UK's data watchdog for the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has suggested fining Facebook the maximum penalty for the way it mishandled user data and failing to safeguard people's information.

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But the company makes so much money per minute from advertising that the penalty is barely a drop on the ocean.

Facebook made $4.8 billion in net profit in the first three months of 2018, according to its own figures.

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And, according to Business Insider's calculations, that means Facebook makes around $37,037 a minute, which means it would take just less than 18 minutes to pay the fine.

Here is the calculation:

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