London, Dec 7: Keeping in mind the previous Facebook controversies over data privacy, the former head of GCHQ (Global Communications Headquarters), Robert Hannigan said that without any tougher regulation, Facebook could become a threat to democracy.
"Along with being criticised for its inability to tackle fake news, Facebook has also being accused of striking secret deals over user data," reported BBC.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Hannigan was asked if Facebook really pose a threat to democracy, to which he answered, “ potentially yes, I think it is if it is not controlled and regulated.”
He also said "This isn't a kind of fluffy charity providing free services. It's is a very hard-headed international business and these big tech companies are essentially the world's biggest global advertisers, that's where they make their billions. So in return for the service that you find useful they take your data... and squeeze every drop of profit out of it." (UNI)