Over two days in mid-April, Zuckerberg testified before U.S. Senate and House committees, who grilled him over what happened with Cambridge Analytica, the political data consulting firm that accessed the information of up to 87 million Facebook users without their permission. "Before the story broke, Facebook threatened to sue the Guardian and then banned me for whistleblowing".
New Scientist reports that "More than 6 million people completed the tests on the myPersonality app and almost half agreed to share data from their Facebook profiles with the project".
Hersh, whose book studies the use and efficacy of micro-targeting by political campaigns, has called Cambridge Analytica's claims about psychographic profiling "snake oil". President Trump's campaign reportedly made payments to Cambridge Analytica, though both the campaign and the firm deny that the Facebook data was used in his presidential campaign.
Committee chair Damian Collins was in session when the announcement broke and was not immediately available for comment.
Turkey and Israel expel envoys over Gaza violence
Saudi Arabia said it "strongly condemned" the Israeli gunfire against Palestinians in Gaza and opposed the relocation of the USA embassy.
According to an American official and people familiar with the investigation who spoke with the Times, the DOJ and FBI in recent weeks have tried to question former employees and banks with which the company did business.
Facebook has suspended roughly 200 apps suspected of misusing data they have gathered on the social media site, a vice president at the company said on Monday.
Facebook said that it had deployed "large teams of internal and external experts" to investigate these apps as quickly as possible. The company faces more than more than $2 trillion in fines, with an estimated $50,000 penalty for each breach.
Cambridge Analytica's said it had done nothing wrong and that its actions were well within standard practices for the industry. Wylie said the company teased political phrases such as then-candidate-and-now President Donald Trump's "drain the swamp", to ascertain voter response. The emails relayed embarrassing information about Hillary Clinton.