Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did not violate a deal knowingly with the regulator overseeing the management of the company of the personal data of the users, the social media giant also claimed as it highlighted an issue that has been under federal probe for the past year.

Facebook was preferred to provide the Federal Trade Commission with emails, some from 2012, recommending that Zuckerberg was privately aware of but abandoned to point out the fact that external applications had access to huge amounts of personal data without Facebook user’s knowledge, reported by the media.

The newspaper also included that it did not get access to the documents but the anonymous sources have stated their contents.

The Facebook representative said, “we have fully cooperated with the FTC’s investigation to date and provided tens of thousands of documents, emails and files ”.

He also added, “ at no point did Mark or any other Facebook employee knowingly violate the company’s obligations under the FTC consent order nor do any emails exist that indicate they did.”

The FTC opens again the probes into whether Facebook violated a 2011 resolution with the regulator on safeguarding user data following disclosures last year that personal data from tens of millions of users was seized by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica as it worked on the Presidential campaign of Donald Trump.

The deal approved by the court in 2011 required  Facebook for remarking users while it shares data with third parties and bars the social network form misleading practices.

Despite the disputes, few 2.7 billion people use at least one of the “family”  of the application of the company, along with the core Facebook network, Instagram, and messaging applications WhatsApp and Messenger.

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