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Millions more Facebook users’ data was left open for anyone to access

New Scientist reports that 3.1 million users of a quiz app called myPersonality had their sensitive details left unprotected on the web.

The leaked data: Psychological test results, status updates, and personal information like age, gender, and relationship status were exposed.

Who saw the data: We may never know. While academics at the University of Cambridge intended to limit access to researchers, a username and password to view the info was listed on the code-sharing site GitHub for four years. Anyone who performed a quick Google search had a way in. It was also freely distributed to commercial researchers, not just academics.

Déjà vu: This proves the Cambridge Analytica scandal was not a stand-alone case—and there may be far more to come. Facebook announced today that 200 apps have been suspended from the site. The myPersonality app has been suspended and is currently under investigation by the social network.

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Here’s how a Twitter engineer says it will break in the coming weeks

One insider says the company’s current staffing isn’t able to sustain the platform.

Twitter’s potential collapse could wipe out vast records of recent human history

What happens when the world’s knowledge is held in a quasi-public square owned by a private company that could soon go out of business?

Twitter may have lost more than a million users since Elon Musk took over

Estimates from Bot Sentinel suggest that more than 875,000 users deactivated their accounts between October 27 and November 1, while half a million more were suspended.

Former Twitter employees fear the platform might only last weeks

An ultimatum by Elon Musk demanding "extremely hardcore" working culture appears to have backfired. Insiders fear this could spell the end without drastic changes.

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