Zuckerberg has agreed to speak at the European Parliament

Social Networking Lifts Concerns About Data Misuse

Officials in the region have investigated Facebook for the improper handling of customer data, fined Amazon and other companies over their tax practices and penalized firms like Google for antitrust violations.

Alongside its critique of Facebook, the committee is publishing Facebook's response to its letter which was sent earlier this year following the Cambridge Analytica scandal and put 39 outstanding questions to the company.

Six million people are thought to have completed tests set by the myPersonality Facebook app, with nearly half agreeing to share details from their Facebook profiles with the understanding that data collected would be distributed "in an anonymous manner such that the information can not be traced back to the individual user". This hearing will provide members of the LIBE Committee, as well as other relevant committees, an opportunity to carry out an in-depth analysis of aspects related to personal data protection.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Congress last month that the company did not do enough to protect the data privacy of its users.

Wylie said Cambridge Analytica targeted voters based on race, race bias, and personality traits.

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Facebook's 18-page letter to the DCMS says that the first time Zuckerberg heard about the allegations that Cambridge Analytica had not deleted data harvested from Facebook users was in March 2018 - "when these issues were raised in the media".

Cambridge Analytica announced earlier this month it was shutting down, along with its parent SCL, and had started insolvency proceedings in both the USA and United Kingdom.

"If a foreign actor dropped propaganda leaflets by aeroplane over Florida or MI, that would universally be condemned a hostile act".

Wylie told the panel that "the ethos of the firm was "anything goes" for its political campaigns, including "attempting to divert health ministry funds in a struggling African country to support a politician's re-election campaign". "We must address the digital echo chambers that are being exploited to algorithmically segregate American society".

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