Zuckerberg to face MEPs in Brussels after data leak scandal

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower warns of 'new Cold War' online

The New York Times said Tuesday that Cambridge Analytica, the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation all declined to comment.

Wylie's testimony comes as Senate committees are investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and potential collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

After Mike Schroepfer, the social network's CTO, appeared before the inquiry last month, Collins sent Facebook a further 39 questions largely concerning political advertising in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the European Parliament to answer questions about the improper use of data of millions of Facebook users by British consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook is now investigating "all the apps that had access to large amounts of information" before it changed its platform policies in 2014 - which significantly reduced data access to apps.

But Wylie's message to Congress is that the tactics employed by Cambridge Analytica - which involved spreading violent and anti-Muslim images in one unnamed country, he said, in an effort to suppress voter turnout - should be thoroughly explored. "But this is what is happening online", Wylie told the committee.

He told senators that one of the goals of firm was to discourage or suppress voter turnout, especially of black voters, and that this was a focus of Trump ally Steve Bannon.

I said previously that I couldn't imagine a way in which Facebook could have more badly handled this ongoing crisis. The body does not directly regulate Facebook or other technology companies.

"In one country, CA produced videos meant to suppress turnout by showing voters sadistic images of victims being burned alive, undergoing forced amputations with machetes and having their throats cut in a ditch", he said.

"The founder and CEO of Facebook has accepted our invitation and will be in Brussels as soon as possible, perhaps as early as next week, to meet the presidents of the political groups", Tajani said in a statement on May 16. "Big tech is under the public microscope from the left and the right", he said.

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