Following Facebook’s exposure of harvesting personal data from its users, the Attorney General for Missouri officially launched an investigative probe against the social media company.
In the probe, Republican Josh Hawley is seeking critical documentation of Facebook’s professional relationship with Cambridge Analytica.
Fox News reports the following:
“Missouri’s Republican attorney general on Monday launched an investigation into Facebook’s use of personal data.
Josh Hawley’s office is demanding that the social media giant discloses every time it shared data with a political group and how much such groups paid for the data, according to a civil investigative demand dated Monday.
The demand notice was first reported by Bloomberg and came at the time Facebook is under heavy criticism following the revelations about how Cambridge Analytica, a data-driven consulting company based in Britain, used the social media platform and gained access to personal data of about 50 million users.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly agreed to testify before the U.S. Congress, but the exact date of the appearance remains unclear. The company shed nearly $80 billion of its value since the controversy began last month.
Hawley is requesting a timeline of Facebook’s interaction with Cambridge Analytica and Aleksandr Kogan, the academic who created a Facebook quiz and later passed on the collected data to the UK-based company, according to Bloomberg.
The investigative demand also asks to disclose documents, communications, and evidence about Facebook’s meetings with the Obama campaign, who similarly used the platform to gather people’s information during the 2012 election.”