"We are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously", a Facebook spokesman told the Times.
The probe constitutes a sharp escalation of Facebook's legal problems in the United States of America, where it is under scrutiny from four separate government agencies, including the U.S. justice department, as well as from legislators. The Department of Justice began probing the Silicon Valley company after a report showed Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, used the platform to improperly obtained data on 87 million people to help President Donald Trump's campaign.
The Times' report was released on Wednesday evening, while Facebook was dealing with a major outage.
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Federal prosecutors are investigating data-sharing deals struck between Facebook and makers of mobile computing devices. At the time, the company strongly disputed that these data partnerships violated users' privacy or the company's 2012 settlement with the FTC. Apple, for example, was able to slurp up contact numbers and calendar entries from users who thought they'd disabled all sharing, unbeknownst to the users - though Apple maintains it had no idea Facebook had given it special access and that it removed no data from users' devices.
Facebook has spent the last two years eliminating those partnerships, the Times added.
At this moment, it isnt clear what the criminal investigation is focusing and although Facebook declined to comment on The Times questions pertaining to the nature of the investigation, it did offer a statement that confirmed the investigation is indeed going on.