BRUSSELS | Zuckerberg to meet European Union officials _ dodging public grilling

Facebook has come under scrutiny over the way it handles personal data after revelations that Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed data of 87 million users.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is expected to speak with leaders of the European parliament next week about the data protection scandal that has engulfed his company - but might avoid a public testimony like the one he endured in the U.S.

The FBI and Department of Justice are investigating Cambridge Analytica, The New York Times reported yesterday, with federal investigators beginning to interviewing former employees of the company.

The U.S. Justice Department and the FBI are investigating Cambridge Analytica, a now-defunct political data firm.

Only a week after founder of Facebook appeared for hours before U.S. Congress, Zuckerberg was called (again) to give explanations in parliament.

"As a result, it has been determined that it is no longer viable to continue operating the business, which left Cambridge Analytica with no realistic alternative to placing the Company into administration", the statement read.

Facebook said that it had deployed "large teams of internal and external experts" to investigate these apps as quickly as possible. The company faces more than more than $2 trillion in fines, with an estimated $50,000 penalty for each breach.

Two birds one stone Zuckerberg is due to attend a tech summit in Paris hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron

Thankfully - unlike the app at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica debacle - the myPersonality app did not also collect the data of users' Facebook friends, otherwise the number of people put at risk would likely have been even worse.

"Cambridge Analytica is the canary in the coal mine to a new Cold War emerging online", he said.

"You could request voter suppression", Wylie said in response to a question about tactics used in political campaigns.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) asked Wylie if Cambridge Analytica had shared information with WikiLeaks.

I said previously that I couldn't imagine a way in which Facebook could have more badly handled this ongoing crisis.

WikiLeaks published Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 presidential campaign.

  • Valerie Cook