Facebook announced on Wednesday that user data for as many as 87 million people may have
been “improperly shared” with Cambridge Analytica, a data analysis firm that worked with
President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
This is the first time Facebook has publicly quantified the scope of the data harvesting scandal and
is considerably more than the previously reported figure of 50 million, which had been an estimate
based on accounts from former Cambridge Analytica employees and company documents.
“In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people — mostly in the US —
may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica,” wrote Mike Schroepfer, chief
technology officer of Facebook, in a blog post announcing new rules for how the company plans
to share user data.
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