US senators question Zuckerberg on Chinese, Russian access to user data
Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio, chair and vice chair of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, wrote to Facebook parent Meta Platforms on Monday (6 February) about documents that show it knew developers in China and Russia had access to user data that could be used for espionage.
The letter said an internal Meta document showed that nearly 90,000 developers in China had been given access to information about users, including profile data, photos and private messages even though Facebook had never been able to operate in China.
“We have grave concerns about the extent to which this access could have enabled foreign intelligence service activity, ranging from foreign malign influence to targeting and counter-intelligence,” the two senators wrote.
The senators asked Zuckerberg a series of questions, including whether the company was able to identify the developers, communications with them, and to supply what kinds information that developers in China and Russia might have been able to glean.
(Edited by Georgi Gotev)