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Facebook 'outraged' by misuse of data by Cambridge Analytica

21 March 2018, MVT 14:20
The European Parliament on Tuesday invited Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to speak following revelations that a firm working for Donald Trump's US presidential campaign harvested data on 50 million users. Facebook has faced worldwide criticism over the claims that Cambridge Analytica, the UK data analysis firm hired by Trump's 2016 campaign, harvested and misused data on 50 million members. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS
21 March 2018, MVT 14:20

Facebook said Tuesday the company was "outraged" after being "deceived" over the misuse of data by political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which improperly harvested information on 50 million users.

A company statement appeared to place the blame for the incident on the British-based firm linked to President Donald Trump, which according to Facebook violated terms of the social network by misusing data from an academic researcher.

Facebook said on March 20, 2018 it is 'outraged' by misuse of data by Cambridge Analytica, the British firm at the centre of a major data scandal rocking Facebook, who suspended its chief executive as lawmakers demanded answers from the social media giant over the breach. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE

"The entire company is outraged we were deceived. We are committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people's information and will take whatever steps are required to see that this happens," the statement said.

It added that chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and their teams "are working around the clock to get all the facts and take the appropriate action moving forward, because they understand the seriousness of this issue."

 

 

 

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