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UK MPs still not satisfied with evidence submitted by Facebook

17 May 2018

Zuckerberg's European Union visit will be his first since a whistleblower alleged that Cambridge Analytica improperly harvested information from over 50 million Facebook accounts to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

"Cambridge Analytica had approached the myPersonality app team in 2013 to get access to the data, but was turned down because of its political ambitions", the report said.

More than a million of these victims are believed to be in the United Kingdom, but Mr Zuckerberg has so far refused to appear before British MPs, in a move they describe as "absolutely astonishing".

He is expected to meet EU party leaders as well as members of the EU Parliament's civil liberties committee as part of his evidence session.

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The case once again highlights the privacy challenges facing Facebook from rogue app developers and will add further weight to the argument that the social network was too trusting of third parties requesting access to its users' data.

Wylie appeared before the digital, culture, media and sport select committee of Parliament in late March, and he met privately with House Democrats in April. The Verge features that the information gathering venture may have started in 2009 and there was some dialog of Cambridge Analytica gaining the information, however clearly it was turned down because of its inclusion in legislative issues.

Zuckerberg's visit comes as he is due to meet President Macron along with more than a dozen technology chief executives during a Tech for Good summit in Paris next week.

"There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people's Facebook data - and it will take time", Mr. Archibong said.

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'There will be tough discussions, ' one official in Macron's office said.

The Times reports investigators have reached out to Facebook as well.

Thankfully - unlike the app at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica debacle - the myPersonality app did not also collect the data of users' Facebook friends, otherwise the number of people put at risk would likely have been even worse.

Hersh, whose book studies the use and efficacy of micro-targeting by political campaigns, has called Cambridge Analytica's claims about psychographic profiling "snake oil".

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UK MPs still not satisfied with evidence submitted by Facebook