Tech Talk: Facebook under more scrutiny over data sharing

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Facebook said this week  it is facing an expansion of federal investigations into its sharing of user data with the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

The Justice Department and the FBI have each broadened their inquiries into Cambridge Analytica by also focusing on Facebook, and the Securities and Exchange Commission has started an investigation into the social network’s public statements about Cambridge Analytica, write Cecilia Kang, Matthew Rosenberg and Sheera Frenkel at

The widening interest in Facebook by the federal agencies is the latest fallout from revelations in March, when The New York Times and others reported that the world’s largest social network had mishandled the data of millions of its users. The user data was harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm with ties to the Trump campaign, which used the information to build psychographic profiles of American voters.

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