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Amid growing firestorm, Facebook's Zuckerberg sets Congress date

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Cecil Davis | 05 April, 2018, 01:56

Zuckerberg has openly apologized for the scandal, in which millions of users data was used in a study that was in turn given to analytics firm Cambridge Analytica.

In other words, if you're lucky enough to be a European citizen Facebook is going to have to abide by GDPR (Europe's General Data Protection Regulation), due to come into force next month.

The changes are broad, and you can read all of the specifics at Facebook's blog, but the gist is that Facebook will limit the types of data available through each API so that outsiders can't see as much about people on Facebook.

Following allegations that data belonging to its users was harvested by Cambridge Analytica, the company's senior executives have been summoned to appear before MPs in the United Kingdom and Congress in the US.

Messenger users do have the option to enable encrypted messaging, but that security feature isn't turned on by default.

In an announcement Wednesday, Reps.

Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify at 10 a.m.

Facebook said Wednesday that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Donald Trump's campaign, may have had information on about 87 million Facebook users without the users' knowledge.

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Zuckerberg, the 33-year-old founder of Facebook, has also been invited to testify at hearings by the Senate's judiciary and commerce committees, but they have not released any word about his potential attendance.

His participation is yet unconfirmed but Senator Dianne Feinstein told the San Francisco Chronicle that Zuckerberg had agreed to attend that hearing. "It was my mistake", Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said.

A Facebook Messenger spokeswoman told Bloomberg that the information gathered from scanning Messenger - which used to be built into Facebook before it was spun out as a separate app in 2014 - isn't used for advertising.

The Guardian initially said 50 million Facebook profiles were obtained by Aleksandra Kogan using an app that collected the data of people who were paid to take a personality test, and the data of their Facebook friends.

As do most large corporations, Facebook has assembled a potent lobbying operation to advance its interests in Washington.

The agency has been called a "troll farm" due to its deceptive post aimed at sowing discord and propagating misinformation.

Zuckerberg said in a separate statement on his Facebook page that the Russian group "has been using complex networks of fake accounts to deceive people".

The social giant has now introduced Facebook's bulk app removal tool in settings to help you cut your connection to unwanted third-party apps draining you device's battery life and consuming other resources.