Facebook to United Kingdom parliament: no Zuckerberg for you

Three million user accounts have reportedly been compromised in a new Facebook data leak incident. The username and password have been publicly available for the past four years on GitHub.

Facebook announced Monday that is has already suspended some 200 third-party apps for misusing Facebook users' data.

Facebook has failed to fully answer 39 questions submitted by United Kingdom members of parliament that aim to explore the social network's approach to data privacy and fake news, according to the parliamentary committee charged with investigating the matter.

This action taken by Facebook comes after CEO Mark Zuckerberg in March had promised that the company would "investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information".

Researchers working with the myPersonality project, including app creator David Stillwell, shared anonymous samples from the project with other researchers around the world, according to myPersonality.

Furthermore, it is also said that the app has 22 million status updates from more than 150,000 users. Hopefully Cambridge University manages to crack down on its approval process, and that social media sites keep mindful about what they allow through their platforms. Reports now claim that "myPersonality" lost its goal of being just an academic project and instead dealt with commercial companies too.

News of the investigation comes roughly two months after the company was accused of secretly harvesting the personal data of at least 87 million Facebook users to better identify individuals that could be targeted and influenced by specific marketing material.

Collins said that Cambridge Analytica was one of the areas where Facebook's response had been insufficiently detailed.

Kogan told the House of Commons Digital, Culture, last week that his company, GSR, was created in 2014 purely to create datasets for the group of Cambridge Analytica.

The question over how many clicks or swipes it takes for users to change their privacy settings was also dodged.

Facebook learned of the infraction in 2015 but didn't inform the public. As the company finds evidence of data breaches, users can log in to a help page to see if their own data was mishandled.

  • Joey Payne