Federal Trade Commission Confirms Facebook Probe

Facebook insists it did not know the data taken from its site were being used by a British company

Opinion polls published on Sunday in the United States and Germany cast doubt over the level of trust people have in Facebook over privacy, as the firm ran advertisements in British and USA newspapers apologizing to users.

Since the revelation, Facebook shares have fallen by 13 percent.

A statement from Tom Pahl, acting director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said: "the FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook".

The FTC suggested that Facebook could face new legal problems if it violated the consent decree with the consumer agency in 2011 settling charges that it deceived consumers on how it handled private data. "The company has made this clear since 2016".

Users can go to the general settings page of their Facebook account - accessed through the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the page - to download a copy of their account data and see if their messaging data was scraped up by Facebook.

The US Senate Judiciary Committee said on Monday it had invited Zuckerberg and the CEOs of Alphabet and Twitter to testify at an April 10 hearing on data privacy.

26 de marzo de 2018, 15:54London, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) After the leak of data on 50 million users, distrust on Facebook tends today to spread through social networks, as confirmed by the #DeleteFacebook label and the presentation of different governmental claims.

Cambridge Analytica is subsidiary of SCL Group, a 25-year-old government and military contractor that says it works on everything from counter-narcotics to political campaigns. In the latter case, Facebook has been accused of exploiting the framework of Android app development to gain access to call and SMS metadata without requesting access from the user for the sake of targeting potential new friends for the user. The investigation itself is not open to the public. If found guilty, Facebook's financial woes could continue.

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A public apology by Zuckerberg has failed to quell outrage over the hijacking of personal data.

The information is believed to have been used to help Donald Trump's 2016 campaign for United States president.

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According to polling data conducted in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, it appears that Facebook is going to have a hard time regaining lost trust.

"That's because Facebook is not a social media company; it is the largest data mining operation in existence".

Facebook took out full-page ads in nine major British and USA newspapers on Sunday to apologise to users.

We have always relied entirely on advertising to fund our operations, but often loyal readers who value our local, independent journalism have asked how they could help ensure our survival. "We will need to monitor companies such as Facebook much more strictly in future and also punish breaches of data protection strongly, swiftly and painfully".

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