March 21, 2018 / 11:44 AM / 4 months ago

Germany wants clarity from Facebook after reports of data abuse

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany said on Wednesday it wanted Facebook (FB.O) to clarify the use of its data after reports that a UK-based political consultancy improperly accessed information on millions of Facebook users to build detailed profiles on American voters.

A figurine is seen in front of the Facebook logo in this illustration taken March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

“The government ... demands clarification from Facebook on the accusations,” a government spokeswoman told a regular government news conference. “If it is really correct that the personal data of 50 million users was so easily tapped and used for political purposes, then this is not acceptable.”

Facebook has been rocked this week by a whistleblower who said that Cambridge Analytica, a British-based firm hired by Trump for his election campaign, had improperly accessed information on millions of Facebook users to build detailed profiles on American voters.

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Michelle Martin

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