Facebook (US:FB) was threatened with further sanctions by lawmakers from nine countries during a hearing in front of the UK digital, culture, media and sport select committee. Committee chair Damian Collins said confidential documents seized by the panel showed an engineer had alerted the social networking giant to the fact that a Russian IP address had harvested data from the platform as early as 2014. Facebook vice president of policy solutions Richard Allan – who appeared in chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s place – said those documents belonged to a “hostile litigant” and were “at best partial and potentially misleading”. Facebook has previously said it was unaware of this type of Russian data harvesting until after the 2016 US presidential election.
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