87 million users may have been affected by Facebook scandal

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  • Facebook has revealed that up to 87 million users may have had their personal information improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.

    The figure is more than the previous 50 million users quoted to have had their data improperly shared with the UK political consultancy.

    1.1 million Facebook users affected are believed to be based in the UK, with up to 45,000 users in Ireland.

    In a conference call with reporters on Wednesday night, founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted mistakes were made, but he is adamant he’s the best person to lead the company into the future.

    "We didn't take a broad enough view of what our responsibility is. That was a huge mistake. It was my mistake," Zuckerberg said in the call. "I think life is about learning from your mistakes and working out what you need to do to move forward.”

    After another reporter asked if the board had discussed whether he should step down as chairman in the wake of the company's recent drop in stock price, he said: "Not that I'm aware of."

    Mr Zuckerberg said that the 87 million figure was "the maximum number" thought possible, and admitted "we don't actually know" the true total that were affected.

    However, Cambridge Analytica also claimed yesterday on Twitter that "no more than 30 million" individuals saw their data accessed.

    The company tweeted: "When Facebook contacted us to let us know the data had been improperly obtained, we immediately deleted the raw data from our file server, and began the process of searching for and removing any of its derivatives in our system."

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