The Facebook – Cambridge Analytica fiasco is one scandal that just won’t go away. It’s been months since it was publicly disclosed but the effects of the incident can still be felt to this day, and most likely, even for years to come.
The fiasco also led to two days worth of congressional hearings where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled with questions ranging from the Cambridge Analytica scandal to overall privacy issues, data collection, how the site should be regulated and even any potential political bias within its walls.
It also led to an outright ban of Cambridge Analytica from Facebook and eventually, the company’s closure (or rebranding – it depends on how you look at it.) More importantly, the scandal also forced Facebook to rethink how it is handling third-party apps and their access to user data.
But Facebook’s woes are not going away anytime soon. With an ongoing FTC probe already underway, it looks like even more federal agencies are joining in on Facebook’s grilling.
More agencies are joining the fray
The FBI, the Securities Exchange Commision and the Justice Department are now involved with the federal probe into the Facebook – Cambridge Analytica fiasco.
The Washington Post reported that representatives from these three agencies have joined the Federal Trade Commision (FTC) on the ongoing investigation.
If you can recall, the FTC announced in March that it was investigating whether Facebook hurt consumers by using unfair trade practices that may have violated an agreement they made way back in 2011.
The current investigation will revolve around what Facebook really knew in 2015, when the analytics firm Cambridge Analytica acquired a treasure trove of Facebook users’ data by way of a third-party app, and why the company did not disclose the incident with Cambridge Analytica until March of this year.
Additionally, the probe will attempt to find out why Facebook didn’t inform its users nor its investors earlier. The panel will analyze the actions of Facebook’s top executives, including its CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
In response to the widened probe, Facebook has confirmed to the Associated Press that it has indeed received questions from the said agencies and it is, in fact, cooperating with the investigation.
“We are cooperating with officials in the US, UK and beyond,” Facebook said in an official statement. “We’ve provided public testimony, answered questions, and pledged to continue our assistance as their work continues.”