Facebook launches bounty program in wake of data scandal

Kogan allegedly passed the information unwittingly submitted by Facebook users who downloaded the app to Cambridge Analytica.

These are the messages sent and received by users who installed Kogan's This Is Your Digital Life app.

Facebook is withdrawing its opposition to the California Consumer Privacy Act, the company confirmed earlier this week, with the move being welcomed by a number of privacy advocacy groups in the state.

More than 59000 South African Facebook users may have had their information exposed to British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica without their consent in a worldwide data breach scandal involving the social media platform.

This Is Your Digital Life, a quiz app developed by Cambridge academic Aleksandr Kogan, pulled in both incoming and outgoing messages from several thousand accounts of people who downloaded the app.

However, the Guardian said that whistleblower Christopher Wylie had looked at some direct messages on Kogan's database, and concluded it was "unclear" whether they had been using by Cambridge Analytica and its associates.

Although, at this point, we have no confirmation on whether these private messages were handed over to Cambridge Analytica or that they were used for psychological profiling of users.

Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg may have spent the last two days patiently explaining Facebook's complicated advertising and data management operations to out-of-touch, Luddite legislators, but the tech mogul has spent plenty of time before this week speaking Congress' language.

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