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Facebook is still facing a lot of flack over the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Years ago, the social network giant shared user data with the British consultancy firm by mistake. After this news came to light, many users around the world accused Facebook of invading privacy and breaching their trust.
Sensing the severity of the situation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg publicly admitted his company's mistake. Besides this, the social media platform also made several changes to its settings in attempt to better protect user privacy. The company now seems to have suspended a Canadian data firm called AggregateIQ.
"In light of recent reports that AggregateIQ may be affiliated with (CA parent company) SCL and may, as a result, have improperly received FB user data, we have added them to the list of entities we have suspended from our platform while we investigate," said Facebook in a statement to The Guardian.
Meanwhile, Facebook has revealed a new figure for the number of users whose data was improperly shared by Cambridge Analytica. Not 50 million, almost 87 million users apparently fell victim to the date leak. Of course, the company didn't broadcast this news. The new number was found at the bottom of a recent blog post shared by the company's CTO Mike Schroepfer.
The blog post also disclosed that data of nearly 5.6 lakh Indian users may have been "improperly" shared with Cambridge Analytica. However, Schroepfer added that Facebook is trying its best to improve the security.
The company Facebook now has about 15,000 people working on security and content review, and "we'll have more than 20,000 by the end of this year," noted the blog post.
In related news, Facebook has introduced a new feature called "About this Article", which will show the source of the article when tapped on the 'i' icon. The company has added this feature to its platform to fight fake news. Currently this feature is only available in the US, but we expect a wider rollout soon.