Facebook said most users may have had data scraped; Russia calls for UN meeting

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  • Russia calls for UN meeting on Salisbury attack – Russia has called for a United Nations Security Council meeting (CNN) on Thursday to discuss the use of a nerve agent in an English city that has sparked a global diplomatic crisis. The British government blames the Kremlin for the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, and 28 UK allies backed its conclusion that Russia is responsible for the attack. Twenty-four countries expelled Russian diplomats in a display of solidarity with London. Moscow has denied any involvement in the attack. (Read more of WikiTribune’s coverage on the Salisbury attack and its fallout here.)
  • Brazilian court rejects ex-president’s bid to avoid jail – Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva could be jailed within a week after the country’s supreme court rejected his bid to avoid prison while appealing his conviction for corruption. Lula faces 12 years in jail on bribery charges, with six other trials against him pending. The decision is expected to prevent Lula from running in presidential elections later this year, in which he would be the most popular candidate, according to opinion polls.
  • Facebook said most users may have had data scraped – On Wednesday, Facebook said that “malicious actors” used search tools on its platform, in theory, making it possible for them to discover the identities and harvest information on most of its 2 billion users worldwide. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters that Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy firm employed by the Donald J. Trump’s campaign, effectively harvested the data of 87 million users, 37 million more than previously thought. Zuckerberg says he accepts full responsibility for the incident and has vowed to tighten developer access to user data.

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