Facebook facing criminal investigation in the US for the data deal with tech firms
Facebook is facing criminal investigation in the US for the data deals it had entered into with smartphone makers and other technology giants, The New York Times reported.
 
A grand jury in New York has subpoenaed records from at least two smartphone makers that had entered into partnerships with the social media giant, said the report on Wednesday citing unnamed sources. 
 
These two companies were among more than 150, including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Sony, that had cut sharing deals with Facebook, gaining broad access to the personal information of millions of its users.
 
Facebook earlier reportedly admitted that it had shared users' data with embattled Chinese company Huawei along with three other China-based smartphone makers Lenovo, OPPO and TCL.
 
These agreements allowed the companies to see users' friends, contact information and other data, sometimes without consent.
 
Facebook has phased out most of the partnerships over the past two years, The New York Times report said.
 
"We are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously," a Facebook spokesman was quoted as saying in a statement. 
 
"We've provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so."
 
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    Facebook denies cyber attack as Whatsapp, Instagram, Messenger suffer outage
    Facebook ruled out a cyber attack on its products Whatsapp, Instagram and Messenger, which suffered service outage for hours on Wednesday.
     
    Users across the globe experienced problems sending messages on Facebook's messaging apps Messenger and Whatsapp. The social networking giant's image-sharing website Instagram also suffered service disruptions.
     
    After users reported about the inconvenience faced by them on the websites and mobile apps, Facebook took to Twitter to respond, "We're aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible."
     
    The tech major confirmed that the problem was not related to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber attack.
     
    "We're focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack," Facebook informed the users, who believed the service disruption could be a "cyber atatck". 
     
    Although the users could open Facebook and Instagram mobile apps, they experienced troubles uploading posts, say reports.
     
    Internet users made their way to Twitter to complain about the hours-long service disruption with hashtags such as "#FacebookDown", "#InstagramDown" and "#Whatsapp".
     
    Meanwhile, the social media outage became the butt of jokes on Twitter. Several Facebook users took to the micro-blogging website to tickle their funny bone with satirical comments, jokes and memes.
     
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