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Information of over 65,000 S'pore Facebook users may have been improperly shared

[SINGAPORE] Information from the accounts of over 65,000 Facebook users in Singapore might have been "improperly shared" with data analytics company Cambridge Analytica.

The social media giant said on Thursday that the information of 65,009 Facebook users here were likely affected in the growing data breach involving Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy firm which applies data mining and analysis to elections.

Facebook is now embroiled in a global scandal for its role in the breach, accused of not ensuring the security of its users' personal data. Cambridge Analytica is said to have exploited the data for commercial and political use.

Facebook's chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, said in an update on Wednesday (April 4) that the total amount of people who had their information improperly obtained and shared is now estimated to be 87 million, 37 million more than its initial figure of 50 million people.

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The bulk of the accounts are North American Facebook users. Other countries whose users have their information compromise include the Philippines, Indonesia and India.

Facebook had earlier said it was investigating if Singapore accounts were amongst those whose information had been obtained by Cambridge Analytica researcher Aleksandr Kogan.

During a Select Committee hearing on deliberate online falsehoods on March 24, Facebook's Asia-Pacific vice-president of public policy Simon Milner said affected users will be informed.