Data of 87 million users may been leaked via Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg

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FacebookPersonal information of 87 million people may have been shared with data firm Cambridge Analytica, says Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook.

Majority of the users whose data has been shared improperly are from the United States.

In its first official communiqué with regards to the massive data leak allegations, social networking site Facebook has confirmed the possible damage, which was earlier estimated by various media reports.

Reportedly, 270,000 users downloaded a personality quiz app and shared data about themselves and their friends with a researcher who then passed it to Cambridge Analytica, a practice that Facebook terms as unethical.

In the wake of the data leak, Facebook has added a new section that explains how it users people’s information only if the user chooses the option “upload, sync or import”.

The new policy added by Facebook says that the social networking site users people personal data only to help them find you and the other people the user may know.

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