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Facebook was attacked by an exploit which perpetuated a wide array of out-of-control news stories on the News Feed, including violence, animal mutilation and in some cases, pseudo images of celebrities engaged in sexual activity.
ZDNet's Violet Blue broke the story, which explains the problem users' were having.
There was outrage by Facebook users, some for which threatened to leave the site altogether, either until it was gone or for good.
Facebook said that it had control of the situation after more than 24 hours of battling the exploit, some thought to be a virus or some kind of malware. The hacking collective Anonymous was blamed at first after seeking to 'destroy' the site on Guy Fawkes Day (November 5th). But Facebook said that it had identified 'who was behind' the attack.
Since then, the web erupted with anger, and even Congress wanted answers over Facebook's responsibility to its users.
Facebook and other social networks, along with businesses that operate within the confines of Europe, or have European users and customers 'must adhere' to European law, European Commissioner Viviane Reding said earlier this month.
While Facebook said that it was 'already compliant' with European law, particularly with the new 'right to delete' or 'right to be forgotten' feature of the new Directive, one had to wonder how compliant the social networking giant actually was, or currently is.
The European bureaucrats already have it in for Facebook after a number of high-level privacy battles and data protection matters. Since Facebook opened up a datacenter on European soil in Dublin, Ireland, it has been a target for more focused criticism over the past couple of years. Europe's 'mission' against Facebook will not go away, seeing as it was the same Commissioner who said that Facebook had "nowhere to hide" over its data protection policies.
Ireland's data protection agency has launched its privacy audit into Facebook's activities, particularly to examine how data is retained and used for the company's benefit.
Companies for certain lengths of time should not hold data or when the data is no longer useful, European law says.
But Facebook appears to retain almost every shred of data that it has on its users, according to data access requests others' have published on the web, including pokes that were removed and postings that were deleted. Even friends you have removed from the site are retained in Facebook's vast data banks.
If Facebook is found to have broken European law, the social networking giant could be fined up to €100,000 ($135,000) for every breach.
Facebook has more users in Europe than it does in the United States, meaning Facebook not only has more to lose in the confines of the European space, but the data protection rules are far more severe than the United States.