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Were You One Of The 87 Million Facebook Users Whose Data Was Leaked? Find Out Now!

| April 9 , 2018 , 14:40 IST

Facebook earlier confirmed that data of around 87 million Facebook users across the world, including 562,455 from India were leaked to British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica and now from Monday, people can view if their own account had been compromised.

The social media network giant Facebook will inform those affected by the data privacy breach by a detailed message at the top of their usual news feeds, which will tell the users if their personal data has been "improperly shared" with Cambridge Analytica.

Apart from the 87 million affected users, more than 2 billion other Facebook users will see a link at the top of their news feeds that will tell them "what apps they use and the information they have shared".

A Facebook spokesperson said that the possible data breach of 562,455 users took place after 335 Facebook users in India installed the "this is your digital life" quiz app between November 2013 and December 2015.

Developed by University of Cambridge psychology researcher Aleksandr Kogan and his company the app pulled out data of the initial 335 users and then those of their friends and then of their friends, in a chain process that ended up affecting 5.6 lakh users in India.

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COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg in a statement said that the social network was taking further precautions to maintain the integrity of upcoming elections around the world.

"We will require all advertisers who want to post ads about political issues confirm who they are and where they're located. Once we authorize advertisers, we will label their ads as political and they will have to show who paid for them," said Sandberg.

"Advertisers who don't meet our requirements will be banned from running political ads until they do. We’re starting in the US first and expanding to other countries in the coming months," she said.

"With elections coming up in Brazil, India, Mexico, Pakistan, the US and more countries around the world, these are important steps to preventing interference," Sandberg said.