By Ann Brown
The federal investigation into Facebook’s role in sharing data with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica is heating up. The investigation has now broadened. According to those close to the investigation, said the FBI, the SEC, and the Federal Trade Commission have all joined the Justice Department in the investigation. Facebook shared the personal information of about 71 million Americans with Cambridge Analytica.
Cambridge Analytica worked for President Donald Trump and other Republican candidates.
“The Capitol Hill testimony of Facebook officials, including chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, also is being scrutinized as part of the probe, said people familiar with the federal inquiries,” the Chicago Tribune reported.
While Facebook has confirmed that it had received additional questions from these three agencies, the Justice Department and the other federal agencies declined to comment.
“We are cooperating with officials in the US, UK and beyond,” said Facebook spokesman Matt Steinfeld. “We’ve provided public testimony, answered questions, and pledged to continue our assistance as their work continues.”
According to the New York Times, five people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a probe that remains incomplete, said “that the emphasis has been on what Facebook has reported publicly about its sharing of information Click here to read entire article