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Facebook hit with class-action lawsuit in Canada after massive security breach

In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes the keynote speech at F8, Facebook's developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Facebook says it recently discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million user accounts. In a blog post, Friday, Sept. 28, the company says hackers exploited its "View As" feature, which lets people see what their profiles look like to someone else. Facebook says it has taken steps to fix the security problem and alerted law enforcement.
In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes the keynote speech at F8, Facebook's developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Facebook recently discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million user accounts. -The Associated Press

TORONTO - A class-action lawsuit has been proposed in Canada against Facebook following a security breach that put the accounts of tens of millions of users at risk.

The social media company announced last week that about 50 million user accounts worldwide had been accessed by hackers, with another 40 million left vulnerable during the attack.

Related: Facebook says 50M user accounts affected by security breach

Using a video upload tool, which has been available on the site since July 2017, hackers were able to access users' private messages and posts, as well as retrieve information through third-party websites like Instagram, Etsy and Spotify.

The company says there were no signs that any accounts were misused. Affected users were logged out and notified of the breach when they were logged back in.

Facebook Canada said Monday it would not provide any further comment.

Toronto law firm Charney Lawyers PC, which is heading the class action, says Facebook has an obligation to ensure that user information is “properly protected.”

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