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Facebook Knew Russia Was Harvesting Data in 2014, U.K. Lawmaker Says

  • U.K. lawmaker cites seized email from Facebook engineer
  • Facebook says U.K. politician cited document out of context
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Facebook Inc. knew that Russian-linked entities were using a feature on the social network that let advertisers harvest large amounts of data as early as October 2014, according to an internal email a U.K. lawmaker said he had reviewed.

Previously, Facebook has said it was unaware of this sort of Russian activity on the social network until after the 2016 election.