Facebook's Zuckerberg Apologizes for User Privacy Mistakes

Sunday, 25 Mar, 2018

"The big tech companies need to abide by the law and we are strengthening the law".

Both Cambridge Analytica and Facebook deny any wrongdoing. Data mining is a dirty but hugely-profitable business, and we should be more protective of our own privacy instead of relying on companies like Facebook to do the right thing.

Answering questions from journalists, Mr Hancock said: "After this week's revelations, I think it is time that social media platforms come clean with what data they really hold on people".

After Facebook learned how Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan was harvesting its users' data (again, through rules and APIs specifically allowed and written by Facebook), it likely realized that maybe it's not a good idea to allow third parties to collect friends' data without their consent.

He said that since 2014, Facebook has required app developers to get approval from Facebook before they request any "sensitive" data from people.

On Wednesday Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg posted multiple measures the site now has in place to protect users' information.

While many people are rightly questioning whether these changes are too little too late, it'd be wrong to write them off entirely.

This was a breach of trust between Kogan, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.

In an interview with CNBC Thursday afternoon, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said the misuse of data was a "breach of trust" and apologized to Facebook's users. The app asked the users for the personal details of their Facebook friends.

"It's hard to know what we'll find, but we are going to review thousands of apps", he told CNN.

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"I'm not sure we shouldn't be regulated", Zuckerberg said.

If you're afraid of losing content you've posted on Facebook over the years, such as photos or statuses, you can preserve it via Settings General Download a copy of your Facebook data.

Zuckerberg finished by saying, 'I started Facebook, and at the end of the day I'm responsible for what happens on our platform.

Thune and Nelson also noted that Facebook had not responded to a series of questions from the committee about the recent privacy scandal involving the data firm Cambridge Analytica. Facebook shares have fallen and some users are contemplating deleting their accounts.

Channel 4 News, as you may recall, was one of the three media companies (alongside the Observer/Guardian and New York Times) that helped break the initial story that kicked off the situation Zuck now finds himself in.

Facebook and Google and third-party services sit at the core of the contemporary Internet, enabling people to quickly share articles to Facebook from news websites and log into shopping apps using their Google accounts.

Zuckerberg is now pledging to further restrict developers' access to user data, including automatically removing access for any app the user hasn't opened in at least three months.

"I would say to him: You can fix it".

"That's why I'm doing this interview", Zuck explained.