Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg breaks silence on data scandal
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg he broke the silence in a Facebook post about the Cambridge Analytica data breach that gained access to the personal data of more than 50 million Facebook users, and says:” We have a responsibility for protecting your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.’
Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg apologized Wednesday for the social media site’s role in what he earlier called the “Cambridge Analytica situation” in which the firm allegedly accessed 50 million Facebook users profiles wrong.
After a long Facebook post that broke a days-long silence, Zuckerberg, in an interview with CNN Wednesday night, said that the situation “was a big breach of trust” adding: “I’m really sorry that this happened. We have a responsibility to protect people data.”
Zuckerberg in an earlier Facebook post he wrote the social media platform 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.
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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.
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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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However, Zuckerberg said that after several reports from major news organizations, Facebook learned that Kogan and Cambridge Analytica “can’t be deleted from the data as they had stated,” and they were banned from use of the services of the company.
“This was a breach of trust between Kogan, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. But it was also a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it,” Zuckerberg said. “We need to fix that.”
Facebook is now in the process to ensure that this type of data breach doesn’t happen again, according to Zuckerberg. In his post, he detailed what the company is doing to limit the developer access to the data of the user.
Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, also broke her silence on Wednesday, stating “we know that this is a serious violation of the trust people, and I deeply regret that we are not doing enough to treat it.”
“You deserve to protect your information – and we will continue to work to ensure that you feel safe on Facebook,” Sandberg wrote. “Your confidence is the core of our services. We know that and we will work to earn it.”
Zuckerberg on CNN, also said that he is willing to testify before Congress with regard to the data breach “if it’s the right thing to do.”
Earlier this week Cambridge Analytica announced suspended CEO Alexander Nix, pending the results of an ongoing study, which the wrong accessed the Facebook accounts.
Observations of Nix and “other allegations do not match with the values or the operations of the company and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation,” the company said in a statement.
Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, contributed to this report.
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