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What is Cambridge Analytica? A timeline of the Facebook controversy



In early 2018, Facebook admitted to mishandling data from over 50 million Facebook users which had been improperly obtained by political data-analytics firm Cambridge Analytica.

By just a few months later, that number had risen considerably — somewhere in the range of 87 million Facebook users were actually impacted. Facebook apologized, CEO Mark Zuckerberg went in front of Congress to answer questions, and the FTC slapped Facebook with a historically large fine — $5 billion.

Now, in emails recently uncovered by NBC, we’re learning that Facebook employees were discussing Cambridge Analytica as far back as September 2015.

Here’s the full story thus far:

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