Facebook In Tight Spot After Alleged Data Breach: 5 Things To Know

Facebook nearly lost $40 billion of its market value.

Facebook In Tight Spot After Alleged Data Breach: 5 Things To Know

However, Cambridge Analytica has denied media reports that it misused Facebook data.

The world's-largest social media company Facebook suffered the biggest one-day drop of its stocks by seven per cent on Wall Street late on Monday in four years following reported data leakage of its 50 million users for alleged political purposes, said a report by news agency Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) report. Facebook shares closed down nearly 7 per cent on Monday, wiping nearly $40 billion of its market value. Facebook's stock tumbled after media reported that the data was inappropriately used by a British data analysis company, Cambridge Analytica, in activities allegedly connected with US President Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Here are 5 things to know about the alleged Facebook data leak:

  1. London-based Cambridge Analytica received user data from a Facebook app years ago that purported to be a psychological research tool, though the firm was not authorised to have that information.

  2. Mr Trump's campaign reportedly used the firm's data during the primary elections but not during the general polls and Federal Election Commission numbers showed that the firm collected $5.9 million in 2016 from Mr Trump's campaign.

  3. However, Cambridge Analytica has denied media reports that it misused data, and said that it deleted all Facebook data obtained from a third-party application in 2014 after learning the information did not adhere to data protection rules.

  4. Facebook said it was pressing Cambridge Analytica for answers, after getting assurances from the firm in 2015 that it had deleted all data. Facebook has hired forensic auditors from the firm Stroz Friedberg to help, according to a report by Reuters.

  5. Facebook's Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos, is planning to leave the company by August, according to IANS, after this alleged data breach. (With Agency Inputs)



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