The decision is the latest by European officials to challenge the market dominance of American tech firms and reorient data practices to favor consumers. Last year the EU enacted regulations to allow users to view and withdraw their data online.
Facebook faces restrictions in Germany on its collection of data from other sites that it owns like WhatsApp. The social media giant intends to appeal, claiming the watchdog underestimated the competition it faced.
Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have resigned as CEO and chief technical officer of the photo-sharing app owned by Facebook. The two provided only scant explanation for their move.
Brazilian presidential candidate Fernando Haddad has accused far-right rival Jair Bolsonaro of online dirty tricks using WhatsApp. Bolsonaro and team are savvy social media users, but they've also faced legal battles.
Hackers accessed data from 29 million Facebook accounts as part of the security breach the social media giant disclosed two weeks ago. Facebook originally thought more than 50 million accounts had been affected.
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