Facebook ‘Outraged’ by the Misuse of Their Data
Data firm CEO suspended after exposure, FB chief sued.
London: Facebook expressed its indignation at the misuse of its data, as Cambridge Analytica, the British firm at the center of a major scandal shaking the social media giant, barked its president.
The step to suspend CEO Alexander Nix was due to the fact that there were recordings in which he boasts that his data company played an extensive role in Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, with all his research, analyzes and digital and television campaigns.
In undercover recordings made by Britain’s Channel 4 News, he is also seen with bragging about catching politicians and secretly operating in elections around the world via shadowy front companies.
Lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic have demanded answers after the weekend showed that Cambridge Analytica had incorrectly harvested information from 50 million Facebook users.
Cambridge Analytica has refused the use of Face-book data for the Trump campaign, but the scandal has fueled the pressure on the social media giant – already under attack because fake news could grow on its platform during the American campaign.
US media reported Tuesday that the Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook about the data scandal. Facebook said the top managers “work around the clock to find out all the facts.” “The whole company is furious that we have been misled, we are determined to enforce our policies vigorously to protect people’s information and will take all the steps necessary to ensure that this happens,” it said.
The management of Cambridge Analytica meanwhile said that Nix would immediately step aside in anticipation of an investigation into the snowbobbing accusations against him.
Source By Deccan Chronicle