Facebook hit with shareholder lawsuits over data misuse crisis
- Author: Jon Douglas Mar 25, 2018,
Mar 25, 2018, 1:00
A report by TechNave points out that there is some grain of truth to it as Text Delight may not work if you haven't updated your Facebook app or Internet browser, so you would be less secure and easier to hack than those who have updated.
"The big tech companies need to abide by the law and we are strengthening the law".
That app vacuumed up information from users who gave the app permission to access their accounts - as well as additional data from their Facebook friends.
"That is what people are finding out with the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica revelations". "We have a basic responsibility to protect peoples' data", Zuckerberg said in an interview on Anderson Cooper 360. Their statement comes a day after Zuckerberg said during an interview on CNN he would be "happy" to testify before Congress, but only if he was the right person to do that.
Cambridge Analytica has maintained it did not use Facebook data in the Trump campaign, but its now-suspended CEO boasted in secret recordings that his company was deeply involved in the race.
"I can imagine Mark Zuckerberg is devastated that his creation has been abused and misused", he wrote on Twitter, adding that "some days I have the same feeling". "It was installed by around 300,000 people who shared their data as well as some of their friends' data".
In a lengthy post on Facebook on Wednesday, Zuckerberg outlined a timeline of events which lead to what he called "a breach of trust".
Zuckerberg also appeared on CNN today to address the breach of data affecting 50 million users in the US, and trust affecting all 2.2 billion users worldwide.
"Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has said she was looking at whether personal data was acquired in "an unauthorised way", whether there was sufficient consent to share the data, what was done to safeguard it and whether Facebook acted robustly when it found out about the loss of the data".
It is thought that the information of around 50 million people was harvested using the app, and used to influence politics in the U.S. and the UK. To this Zuckerberg said, "I don't think we've seen a meaningful number of people act on that, but, you know, it's not good". However, Facebook doesn't give instructions on how to best reach out to the app, so good luck getting your data back.
"To have a truly open public square, the requirement is that it be open - that it not be manipulated - and now you have Facebook, by all appearances, manipulating the public square", Johnson pointed out.
Zuckerberg told the website Recode that fixes to protect users' data would cost "many millions of dollars".
Facebook says it discovered last week that Cambridge Analytica may not have deleted the data as it certified - although the British firm denies wrongdoing. The company could have enabled different mechanisms to automatically limit third-party apps' access to user data after a period of inactivity or suspicious activities, for example. "That's the commitment that I try to have inside our company, and for our community".