Facebook halts medical data sharing plan

70 Facebook and 65 Instagram accounts of Russia-based IRA removed

70 Facebook and 65 Instagram accounts of Russia-based IRA removed

The company is now requiring the administrators of popular Facebook pages to become verified, and also extending previous disclosure rules for political ads to issues-based advertising.

"Facebook confirmed to us that the data of overall up to 2.7 million Europeans or people in the EU to be more precise may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica", a Commission spokesman said.

US-based social media giant Facebook on Thursday admitted that almost 5.62 lakh people in India were "potentially affected" by its global data breach involving Cambridge Analytica, and asserted that the UK-based firm's use of such data did not have its consent.

"Consumers are not in the position to know that the company passes on its data also for commercial use", he said.

Facebook is working to strengthen its system ahead of this year's US midterm elections and other elections around the world.

Although the data was openly given by Facebook to the university researcher, the company has said that this was legitimate and that only its further transfer to Cambridge Analytics was illicit. Facebook will ban those that don't clear the process from running political ads on either its social network or on Instagram.

A Facebook spokesperson, sharing the response with IANS, said a possible breach of data of 562,455 users happened after 335 Facebook users in India installed a quiz app, "thisisyourdigitallife" between November 2013 and December 2015. About a million users in the United Kingdom are believed to have been affected.

Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told NBC's "Today" show that at the time, Facebook received legal assurances that Cambridge Analytica had deleted the improperly obtained information.


Some advertisers have curtailed spending, Sandberg said in an interview on Thursday at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, where she acknowledged that her team has a long way to go to reassure wary customers.

Then, some users who logged in to Facebook through Android devices discovered that Facebook had been collecting information about phone calls they made and text messages they sent.

Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear on Tuesday before a joint hearing of two U.S. Senate committees, and on Wednesday before a U.S. House committee. European Union data protection regulators from around the 28-nation bloc will also be meeting in Brussels next Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss their investigations, on which the United Kingdom watchdog has taken the lead. He says Facebook officials "have been misleading to the committee".

The social media giant said the steps are created to deter the kind of election meddling and online information warfare that USA authorities have accused Russian Federation of pursuing, the company's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said. For one, Facebook executives took almost five days to respond to the Cambridge Analytica reports.

"By increasing transparency around ads and Pages on Facebook, we can increase accountability for advertisers - improving our service for everyone".

From Monday, Facebook will inform all 562,455 users that their account privacy had been breached through a link at the top of their news feed so they can see what apps they use and the information they have shared with those apps.

It says Facebook representatives in Indonesia could face up to 12 years in prison and a fine of $871,000, if convicted. Facebook has over 20 crore users in India.

Facebook Indonesia Head of Public Policy Ruben Hattari says they will keep cooperating with the Indonesian government.

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