April 6, 2018 / 10:34 AM / 5 months ago

EU says Facebook confirmed data of 2.7 million Europeans 'improperly shared'

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook (FB.O) has confirmed that the data of 2.7 million EU citizens were among those improperly used by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, the EU executive said on Friday.

A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen in front of the logo of the European Union in this picture illustration made in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

The European Commission said it received a letter from the social media giant late on Thursday and that it would press for more details, piling pressure on the firm that has lost more than $100 billion in market value in the last 10 days.

“Facebook confirmed to us that the data of overall up to 2.7 million Europeans or people in the EU to be more precise may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica,” a Commission spokesman said.

“The letter also explains the steps Facebook has taken in response since.”

Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel @AdeCar; Editing by Robert-Jan Bartunek

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