Facebook’s personal data scandal grows as Zuckerberg admits to their “mistakes”


Facebook’s data scandal was taken to a new level after Mark Zuckerberg recognized that the company did commit mistakes. The social network, which has an estimated 87 million users, faced recent interest after questions regarding user’s personal data were raised in court. The concern erupted when it was discovered that many members’ information such as personal data could be recorded and recovered without their knowledge.

Zuckerberg admits to Facebook’s “mistakes”

“I think life is learning from mistakes,” said Mark Zuckerberg, who also said that the company would aim “to do better in the future.” Though he did state that “no security measures will be perfect”, he did assure the American parliamentarians that he was the best person to lead the company, despite past and recent backlash regarding the social network’s alleged mishandling of personal data, as well as its economic model based on user’s personal data exploitation.

87 million affected users

The Facebook CEO said that up to 87 million users in the United States and overseas could have been affected by the Cambridge Analytica (CA) hack. Now, any one can directly spy Facebook users. Most of people doing this hack want to know if there girlfriends cheat them or what there boyfriends are doing on the Internet. These users’ personal data could have been retrieved by the British firm, although the press has released a smaller figure of only 50 million.

Cambridge Analytica refuted this figure and said that it only received information from 30 million people through the social network. Cambridge Analytica is the same data analysis and strategic communications firm that worked on the presidential campaign of Donald Trump in 2016. Data was retrieved through a Global Science Research (GSR) app which more than 300,000 Facebook users downloaded and used via their accounts. Facebook claims that GSR did not seek authorization from the company beforehand.

According to Cambridge Analytica, the data they retrieved was in no manner used during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. They also stated that they erased all information after being informed by Facebook in 2015 of their unauthorized handling of information.

Facebook’s response

To save the company’s image, Facebook detailed on Wednesday the actions they would undertake to clear any confidentiality issues, as well as to protect and limit users’ personal data to third party applications. Mark Zuckerberg also mentioned that they would be deleting over 270 pages and accounts on Facebook and Instagram that were owned by the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA). According to US Intelligence, this was an operation led to destabilize the 2016 presidential campaign.

On his Facebook page, Zuckerberg wrote, “We determined that the IRA was using a complex network of fake accounts to fool people.”

Mark Zuckerberg’s battle with the Congress

The 33-year-old Facebook founder and CEO will face the US Congress again next week. He confirmed his return to testify against these allegations on 11th April at 10 AM before the Trade Committee of the House of Representatives. In addition, his legal team said that he will appear and testify at a Senate Legal Affairs and Trade Committees joint hearing scheduled on April 10 at 2:15 in the afternoon. The commission had initially invited Google and Twitter to act as witnesses, but Zuckerberg will be the only acting witness on the said date.
Steve Wozniak breaks ties with Facebook

At USA Today, Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak said that he would no longer be associated with Facebook, even at a personal level. On April 8, he deactivated his Facebook account, saying that he desired a more “old-fashioned” way of communication.
“Apple makes money from good products, not from you,” said Steve Wozniak. “As they say, with Facebook, you are the product.” He stressed that Facebook earns its revenue from advertising money, which draws information heavily from personal user data. Wozniak also expressed that Facebook continued to earn profit through their users, without their users recovering any of that profit.

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