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Fb may grow to be a risk to democracy with out harder regulation, the previous head of spy company GCHQ has mentioned.

Robert Hannigan instructed the BBC the social media big was extra excited by taking advantage of consumer information than “defending your privateness”.

It comes after MPs this week accused Facebook of striking secret deals over user data.

The agency has additionally been criticised for its dealing with of faux information.

In an interview with BBC Radio four’s In the present day programme, Mr Hannigan mentioned: “This is not a form of fluffy charity offering free providers. It is is a really hard-headed worldwide enterprise and these huge tech firms are basically the world’s greatest world advertisers, that is the place they make their billions.

“So in return for the service that you just discover helpful they take your information… and squeeze each drop of revenue out of it.”

Requested if Fb was a risk to democracy, Mr Hannigan mentioned: “Doubtlessly sure. I feel it’s if it is not managed and controlled.

“However these huge firms, significantly the place there are monopolies, cannot frankly reform themselves. It must come from outdoors.”

Emails written by Fb’s chief and his deputies present the agency struck secret offers to offer some builders particular entry to consumer information whereas refusing others, MPs mentioned earlier this week.

The Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport Committee printed the cache of inside paperwork on-line as a part of its inquiry into pretend information.

It mentioned the recordsdata additionally confirmed Fb had intentionally made it “as onerous as doable” for customers to concentrate on privateness adjustments to its Android app.

However Fb mentioned the paperwork had been introduced in a “very deceptive method” and required further context.