UK MPs ask Facebook's Zuckerberg to testify on Cambridge Analytica data row

Posted March 21, 2018

The House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has requested that Zuckerberg appear before its Fake News inquiry, in light of accusations that details of 50 million Facebook users were exploited by Cambridge Analytica to influence the result of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A professor told the social media company that he needed the information for academic purposes. Facebook has been facing a backlash over its role of spreading disinformation to the public on how it handles users' data who sign-up on its platform. To proceed further, users then had to give the tool permission to their friend lists as well as likes.

The data breach case came to light after Christopher Wylie, a former employee of Cambridge Analytica, provided details of the personal information extracted from over 50 million Facebook accounts.

Nearly none, according to sources close to Facebook. It was created to allow you to sign in to third-party apps using your Facebook account, without sharing any of your data with the apps themselves. The feature that allowed Cambridge Analytica to gain access to so many users personal data was removed in 2015. The company allegedly used data mined from Facebook to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. "The data breach is an absolute scandal", tweeted Verhofstadt, who heads the parliament's liberal group. He said that people voluntarily shared their data with a third party app.

The drop the most that Facebook has fallen in a single day in over five years and the company was not in a good position Within the indexes for major tech and financial companies like the Nasdaq 100 and the S&P 500 reported Bloomberg.

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The political consultancy is also accused of using Facebook to influence the outcome of the Brexit vote.

Facebook has been under the spotlight of for months, with its general counsel Colin Stretch testifying before the Senate in November about Russian efforts to use its platform to interfere during the election. He also said that while political ads are also targeted at specific voters, what's different here is that people wouldn't know they were getting messages aimed at influencing their views.

"There are a lot of conflicting stories about the data", she said. So it harvested the information by tricking social network.

The activities of both companies have been called into question by politicians on both sides of the Atlantic.

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But the scandal continues to move quickly, with the Federal Trade Commission said to be investigating the data leak, and Zuckerberg may need to take control of the situation enveloping his company before it spins even more out of control.

"We are aware of the issues that have been raised but can not comment on whether we are investigating", an FTC spokesperson said in an emailed statement. Grewal also stated that they would ensure that all the leaked data was deleted once and for all and that all to blame would be punished.

People have been taking to Twitter en masse to share the news that they have deleted their Facebook accounts after news of the leak broke.

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