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Facebook users hit by fresh data scandal

Facebook users hit by fresh data scandal

A House of Commons committee has repeated its call for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions in its inquiry on "fake news", after branding written evidence from the company disappointing.

"Although Facebook says Mr Zuckerberg has no plans to travel to the United Kingdom, we would also be open to taking his evidence by video link, if that would be the only way to do this".

"If Mark Zuckerberg truly recognises the "seriousness" of these issues as they say they do, we would expect that he would want to appear in front of the Committeee and answer questions that are of concern not only to Parliament, but Facebook's tens of millions of users in this country".

If Facebook discovers an app has misused data, it will instantly "ban" the app, and then post information on this page to let users know if the banned apps had access to their data.

United Kingdom committees can compel witnesses (other than the monarchy, government ministers, MPs and Lords members) within the United Kingdom to attend and answer questions, according to think tank The Institute for Government.

"Given that these were follow-up questions to questions Mr Schroepfer previously failed to answer, we expected both detail and data, and in a number of cases got excuses".

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Facebook said in a blog post Monday that it has investigated thousands of apps after it emerged that Cambridge Analytica had harvested information on about 87 million users without their knowledge. To date thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended - pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data. Following the submission of a report, Facebook's bug and data abuse bounty team would work to determine credible reports, shut down undesired apps, and take legal action against the company that's buying or selling the data if the need arises. For those unaware, in 2014, Facebook had changed its policies to no longer allow developers accessibility to information of their app users' friends.

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In its latest response, Facebook added a little more colour - although the answer is unlikely to satisfy privacy experts. Between 9 and 16 April, the Facebook Like button appeared on 8.4 million websites, the Share button on 931,000 websites, and there were 2.2 million Facebook Pixels installed, the biz said.

With all that, deanonymizing the data would be a snap, Dixon said.

For one, what criteria did Facebook use to decide if an app should be suspended? "We were disappointed after providing a very significant amount of information to the committee at the last hearing the committee declared our response insufficient", wrote Stimson.

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