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Released data shows Arabs not among Cambridge Analytica scandal Facebook users

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The 87 million users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a detailed message on their Facebook news feeds. Facebook says most of the affected users (more than 70 million) are in the US, though there are over a million each in the Philippines, Indonesia and the UK.

Facebook released data on Monday showing the nationalities of the Facebook users whose information was shared by Cambridge Analytica. US users topped the list with more than 70 million users’s information shared, followed by the Philippines, Indonesia and the UK with over a million users and Mexico with almost 800,000 users.
Other nationalities included Canada, India Brazil and Vietnam. No Arab nationalities were mentioned in the list.

All 2.2 billion Facebook users are meant to receive a notice titled “Protecting Your Information” with a link to see what apps they use and what information they have shared with those apps. If they want, they can shut off apps individually or turn off third-party access to their apps completely.

Reeling from its worst privacy crisis in history - allegations that this Trump-affiliated data mining firm may have used ill-gotten user data to try to influence elections - Facebook is in full damage-control mode. CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that he made a “huge mistake” in failing to take a broad enough view of what Facebook's responsibility is in the world. He's set to testify before Congress next week.

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie previously estimated that more than 50 million people were compromised by a personality quiz that collected data from users and their friends. In an interview aired Sunday on NBC's “Meet the Press,” Wylie said the true number could be even larger than 87 million.