[Glad you never used FB, right???] Facebook said the personal data of
most its 2 billion users has been collected and shared with outsiders


        Facebook said Wednesday that most of its 2 billion users
        likely have had their personal information scraped by
        outsiders without the users' explicit permission, dramatically
        raising the stakes in a privacy controversy that has dogged
        the company for weeks, spurred investigations in the United
        States and Europe, and sent the company's stock price
        tumbling.  The acknowledgment was part of a broader disclosure
        by Facebook on Wednesday about the ways in which various
        levels of user data have been taken by everyone from malicious
        actors to ordinary app developers.  As part of the disclosure,
        Facebook for the first time detailed the scale of the improper
        data collection for Cambridge Analytica, a political data
        consultancy hired by President Trump and other Republican
        candidates in the last two federal election cycles. The
        political consultancy gained access to Facebook information on
        up to 87 million users, most of them Americans, Facebook said. 

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And now you know one reason why I've never been a Facebook user.

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