Zuckerberg: Facebook has the responsibility to protect the user data
Facebook founder and CEO breaks the silence on the Cambridge Analytica ‘situation’, says the social network is taking steps to remedy the problem and ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday broke his silence regarding the social media site’s role in what he called the “Cambridge Analytica” situation, in which the firm allegedly accessed 50 million Facebook users profiles wrong.
In a post, Zuckerberg wrote that Facebook has “a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.”
Claim that the company is working to “make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Zuckerberg gave a brief timeline of Facebook’s relationship with Cambridge Analytica.
Zuckerberg said that in 2013, Aleksandr Kogan, a researcher at the University of Cambridge, a quiz app that was installed by approximately 300,000 people who shared their data”, as some of their friends’ data.”
“Given the way our platform worked at the time this meant that Kogan was able to get access to tens of millions of their friends’ data,” the CEO wrote.
In 2014, Zuckerberg said Facebook “has announced that we are changing the entire platform to drastically limit the data that apps can access,” in “to prevent abuse in the apps.” These changes, Zuckerberg said, “would prevent an app like Kogan the ability to access a lot of data from today.”
Facebook’s co-founder went on to say that in 2015, the company learned that Kogan used the data from the user the information that he obtained and shared with Cambridge Analytica, and prohibited Kogan’ s app.
The company “claimed that Kogan and Cambridge Analytica formally certify that they had removed all improperly acquired information,” Zuckerberg wrote. “They have these certifications.”
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