US intensifies probe in Facebook’s data breach scandal

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

File photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

US broadens its investigation in major tech giant Facebook’s data breach scandal which leaked personal information of up to 87 million users to the data mining firm.

Facebook embroiled in the major Cambridge Analytica user data scandal conceded that it was facing multiple probes from US and British regulators in the case.

The social network giant however, didn’t disclose any details but its admission confirmed reports of a widening investigation into the misuse of private data by Facebook and its partners.

“We are cooperating with officials in the US, UK and beyond,” a Facebook spokesman said in response to an AFP query. “We’ve provided public testimony, answered questions, and pledged to continue our assistance as their work continues.”

The Washington Post reported that the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission and FBI as well as the Justice Department are looking into the massive breach of users’ personal data and how the company handled it.

Facebook shares closed the shortened Nasdaq trading day down 2.35 per cent to USD 192.73, heading into an Independence Day holiday with investors mulling what effect the investigations may have on the California-based internet giant.

Facebook has admitted that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked by British consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked for US President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign.

(With agency inputs)