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Agra: After religious comments on a social media platform led to violence between two religious communtites, tension prevailed in Agra district of UP. But, the Agra police has assured that the situation has calmed now.

Police said a Facebook group had posted some material described as biased and highly provocative by members of another community. The Facebook group coordinator was roughed up on Thursday by those objecting to the posted material, leading to a clash in Shamshabad town, 30 km from here.

Police then resorted to lathi-charge and fired rubber bullets to disperse the clashing mob. More than a dozen people, including three policemen, were injured.

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Additional forces had been rushed to beef up security in the town and prevent trouble spilling over in the rural areas, as reports suggested that tempers were rising high and communal elements had begun mobilizing the villagers for a showdown.

Inspector General of Police, Agra zone, D.C. Mishra, the deputy inspector general, district magistrate and other senior officials spent several hours on Saturday to diffuse tension and work for restoring normalcy at the earliest.

Senior Superintendent of Police Rajest D. Modak appealed on FM radio to people not to pay heed to rumours and maintain peace at all costs.

Meanwhile, Fatehpur Sikri MP Choudhary Babu Lal of the Bharatiya Janata Party was prevented from entering troubled Shamshabad town.

A flag march was organised on Saturday afternoon and several companies of Rapid Action Force and the state police’s Provincial Armed Constabulary were deployed.

(With inputs from IANS)

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The private information of Facebook users was alleged to be used to influence the US 2016 general elections in favour of President Donald Trump's campaign

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Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has announced a fresh investigation into Facebook, a day after the social networking giant admitted another security breach where nearly 6.8 million users risked their private photos being exposed to third-party apps.

Facebook, which is already facing a probe from the Irish watchdog for a previous privacy leak in September that affected 50 million people, may end up with fine of 4 per cent of its annual turnover – the highest fine under the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), The Independent reported on Saturday.

In Facebook’s case, the fine could amount to nearly 1.5 billion euros.

“The Irish DPC has received a number of breach notifications from Facebook since the introduction of the GDPR on May 25, 2018,” a spokesperson for the watchdog was quoted as saying.

The fresh move came after Facebook on Friday said more than 1,500 apps built by 876 developers may have also been affected by the bug that exposed users’ unshared photos during a 12-day-period from September 13 to 25.

Facebook, in a statement, said it has fixed the breach and will roll out next week “tools for app developers that will allow them to determine which people using their app might be impacted by this bug”.

“Currently, we believe this may have affected up to 6.8 million users and up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers. The only apps affected by this bug were ones that Facebook approved to access the photos API and that individuals had authorised to access their photos.

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“We’re sorry this happened,” said Facebook, adding that it will also notify the people potentially impacted by this bug via an alert.

The disclosure is another example of Facebook’s failure to properly protect users’ privacy that may drew more criticism of its privacy policy.

Earlier this month, Italian regulators fined Facebook 10 million euros for selling users’ data without informing them.

The competition watchdog handed Facebook two fines totalling 10 million euros, “also for discouraging users from trying to limit how the company shares their data”.

The Irish watchdog, which is Facebook’s lead privacy regulator in Europe, in October opened a formal investigation into a data breach which affected 50 million users.

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“The investigation will examine Facebook’s compliance with its obligation under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security and safeguarding of the personal data it processes,” said the DPC.

The world’s largest social media network has been grilled over the past year for its mishandling of user data, including its involvement in a privacy scandal in March when Cambridge Analytica, a British political consultancy firm, was accused of illegally accessing the data of more than 87 million Facebook users without their consent.

The private information of Facebook users was alleged to be used to influence the US 2016 general elections in favour of President Donald Trump’s campaign. (IANS)