Aug 1, 2019

Facebook's evidence to MPs under scrutiny

British MPs are taking Facebook to task over evidence appearing to contradict testimony the US tech company gave about the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook bosses told MPs they had learned users' data had been misused via a December 2015 Guardian report. Now, MPs want the company to explain why senior Facebook executives insisted to MPs they had not heard about Cambridge Analytica's suspected misuse of data until December 2015. Damian Collins, who chairs the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee, has written to Facebook demanding an explanation as to how the "Discrepancies in evidence occurred". Cambridge Analytica obtained the data of millions of Facebook users via an online personality quiz designed by a Cambridge University academic, Aleksander Kogan, including information about the "Facebook friends" of those who had taken part.

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