New Facebook Data Leak Compromises 3 Million User Accounts

Social Networking Lifts Concerns About Data Misuse

After, another major social media outlet Twitter has now been caught up in the data scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, the British political consulting firm which collected the data of almost 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge and permission, according to a media report.

The report further claimed that Cambridge Analytica actually tried to get this data too from the researchers David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski of the University of Cambridge's The Psychometrics Centre.

Kogan had established Global Science Research (GSR), which was granted access to Twitter data.

The compromised data was said to be highly sensitive and reveals personal information of Facebook users like the results of their psychological tests. The terms allow the myPersonality team to use and distribute the data "in an anonymous manner such that the information can not be traced back to the individual user". Facebook said it asked Cambridge Analytica to delete the data in 2015, but learned in March that this had not happened.

In the months following the revelations regarding the Cambridge Analytica data breach at Facebook, social media users have discovered additional ways in which their information may have been misused.

Kogan has said he suspects thousands of other developers and data scientists used similar methods to gather information on Facebook users.

"Twitter has also made the policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned and operated by Cambridge Analytica". The project said after learning of the sharing it took the necessary steps to stop access to the account.

The chairman of the digital, culture, media and sport select committee Damian Collins threatened to issue a formal summons to Zuckerberg earlier this month after the Facebook boss turned down an initial invitation to give evidence. The data allegedly includes information like age, gender, and relationship status of 4.3 million people. Alexander Kogan who is at the heart of the Cambridge Analytica situation was also listed on this project as a collaborator until 2014. It now appears that a second personality quiz app may have done exactly the same.

Zuckerberg has testified in front of Congress about the misuse of data, and lawmakers have called on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and 's India-born CEO Sundar Pichai to testify as well.

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