Facebook is under criminal investigation of federal prosecutors with US law office for the East District of New York over the social media giant's partnership with other technology companies that gave them access to user data. The New York Times was the first to report the probe.
In a statement, Facebook told BuzzFeed News, "It has already been reported that there are ongoing federal investigations, including by the Ministry of Justice. As we have said before, we are cooperating with investigators and taking these probes seriously. , answered questions and promised that we will continue to do so. "
Two anonymous sources, described as" familiar with the inquiries, "told the Times that records from at least unspecified two smartphone companies have been convicted by a major jury in New York . The hardware companies had offers on Facebook that allowed them to view the Facebook user's data, including friend lists and contact information, sometimes without people's consent.
Tyler Daniels, spokesman for the Eastern District of New York, said the office "can neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation."
In July, Facebook sent 747 pages of documents to Congress, where it said it approved 52 devices, including Blackberry, Apple, Microsoft and Samsung, to build Facebook features or versions of the Facebook app for their products. In the documents, Facebook said it had completed 38 of these partnerships.
Facebook has had a challenging Wednesday. The news of criminal investigation comes after outbreaks that affect the entire network giant's entire family apps, including WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.