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Cambridge Analytica has been implicated in a number of different election scandals across the world

The head of European Parliament has vowed to investigate Facebook to see if it had misused data, following the recent scandal over the data leaks.

Antonio Tajani who has served as President of the European Parliament since January last year urged the social media giant to take more responsibility, saying on Twitter that “allegations of misuse of Facebook user data is an unacceptable violation of our citizens’ privacy rights.”

Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from more than 87 million Facebook users as part of a bid to support President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

Cambridge Analytica was also accused of harvesting user data to use as part of a pro-Brexit campaign.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was “very concerned” about the revelations.

Cambridge Analytica suspended its chief executive Alexander Nix after broadcaster Channel 4 aired a second undercover video in which he claims the firm’s online campaign played a decisive role in Trump’s 2016 election victory.
However, the US elections is not the only country to be affected by the Facebook data mining scandal.
Malaysia’s ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) became embroiled in the scandal as the opposition questioned Prime Minister Najib Razak’s role in using Cambridge Analytica to score wins in the country’s 2013 polls. But the administration has denied employing the firm, and said any services were provided personally to former BN leader turned opposition politician Mukhriz Mahathir.
Shareholders sued Facebook in San Francisco federal court in a class action, saying that they suffered losses after the data privacy violations disclosure.

Facebook was also found to have taken steps to prevent what it calls “fake news” during Mexico’s presidential campaign. It placed full-page ads in prominent Mexican newspapers, including El Financiero, under the title “Tips To Detect Fake News”.

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