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WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell is the focus of an investigation by the company’s board into possible misuse of assets and accusations of improper behaviour, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

There are few details on the allegations, but the ad giant’s board has hired a law firm and is looking to conduct an independent inquiry. WPP’s investigation began sometime last week and is ongoing, a representative confirmed. Sorrell has denied the allegations.

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A shooter opened fire at YouTube’s Californian headquarters, injuring three people before fatally turning the gun on herself. Police identified the suspected shooter as Nasim Aghdam, who had heavily criticised the site for apparent censorship.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress next week regarding ‘privacy issues.’ The congressional hearing is the latest development in the Facebook privacy scandal related to the data-analytics firm Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook has deleted more than 200 accounts and pages run by the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Russian troll factory. The pages spread misinformation during the 2016 US presidential election and were mostly targeted at those who spoke Russian.

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