"If Mark Zuckerberg truly recognises the "seriousness" of these issues as they say they do, we would expect that he would want to appear in front of the Committee and answer questions that are of concern not only to Parliament, but Facebook's tens of millions of users in this country", Committee Chair Damian Collins MP said in a statement. But right after the announcement wherein the social media leviathan suspends 200 apps, Facebook once again finds itself in hot waters.
Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships said that the apps were suspended pending a rigorous investigation into whether services on Cambridge Analytica had improperly used or gathered users' any personal data.
The suspensions were part of the first phase of an ongoing investigation and the company suggested that there will likely be more.
A new report by New Scientist reveals that another Facebook app has been in a hoodwink spree for the last few years by exposing "intimate" details of about three million users. While the affected 3 million users didn't have their usernames or passwords leaked, the amount of accompanying information such as age, gender, relationship status, and in 15,000 cases status updates, makes the de-anonymising process significantly easier. The man behind the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Alexandr Kogan, was named a collaborator on the myPersonality project until 2014, though "myPersonality" never actually shared any information with Cambridge Analytica.
The people behind the data sets were David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski at the University of Cambridge's The Psychometrics Centre. GitHub allows uploading code which incorporates code snippets from other works, while it includes the current login credentials.
The app called "myPersonality" was created by University of Cambridge researchers.
Cambridge Analytica has denied any wrongdoing, saying that it has deleted the Facebook data and that it wasn't used for the Trump campaign.
While Facebook did not mention the 200 suspended apps in question, there is also no clarity as to how long will the investigation take.
Facebook's head of public policy Rebecca Stimson made a statement that Mark Zuckerberg has no plans to testify in front of the UK Parliament now.