Ever since the news about voter influencing broke out in the aftermath of the 2016 US Presidential elections, Facebook has been in a storm that it seemingly can’t get out of. The following months have been very turbulent for the social media giant, and they don’t seem to be getting any better. The newest crisis that Facebook may have to face would be an investigation of data abuse carried out by the government of the United Kingdom.
The UK parliament has spent a significant amount of time looking into inappropriate use of data by the social media corporation. A committee formed by the parliament has now called for a thorough investigation into the company’s use of personal data. The recent months have seen Facebook in a PR nightmare and many leading employees have left the company, including some of the higher executives. The company’s Chief Operations Officer Sheryl Sandberg came under flak a few months ago when she tried to underplay the company’s involvement in inappropriate data usage.
Part of the impending investigation would include the company unethical use of data for to accommodate its business model, which entails providing developers and marketing companies access to user data with an aim to maximize revenues and site usage. The government of the United Kingdom had imposed a fine on Facebook last year for its not protecting user data from Cambridge Analytica. The rampant distribution of fake news also does not help Facebook’s image.