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Facebook boss Zuckerberg apologizes in United Kingdom newspapers for data leak

26 March, 2018, 02:42 | Author: Arnold Gilbert
  • Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on stage during the annual Facebook F8 Developers Conference in California

The non-profit organization says it is "pressing pause" on Facebook advertising, at least until the social network strengthens its protections of user data.

The company's chief executive made the admission as Facebook claimed it was now investigating "every single app that had access to large amounts of data" belonging to its users.

"However, this is not considered sufficient to assure the security of data once users have third-party apps enabled".

Apart from its role in genocide, as in the case with the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, the author of the report, Vivek Wadhwa, also states that Facebook data may also have been used to influence the Brexit vote in Britain, as well as regional elections in India, without the company's knowledge.

Adverts placed in United Kingdom papers on Sunday said: "We have a responsibility to protect your information".

What is Cambridge Analytica accused of?

It is against our policies for developers to share data without people's consent, so we immediately banned Kogan's app from our platform, and demanded that Kogan and Cambridge Analytica formally certify that they had deleted all improperly acquired data.

Claims that the data acquired by CA may have been used as part of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign sparked an worldwide backlash against Facebook when they emerged last week.

But then the information was later transferred to third parties, including Cambridge Analytica. At one point, the firm's vice president was Steve Bannon, who later became Trump's campaign chairman and White House adviser.

Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix was caught bragging about the firm's pivotal role in the Trump campaign on a sting video from the U.K.'s Channel 4. Various U.S. congressional committees are also seeking answers, although Democrats and Republicans have disagreed on what steps to take.

Many Facebook users don't realize how often they've clicked a button to grant app developers access to their lives, ages and likes in exchange for the luxury of not having to register with e-mail addresses or other personal information.

Zuckerberg said Facebook will now audit thousands of apps on its website that have large amounts of data, according to The Washington Post. "It won't be easy but if companies work with governments, activists, academics and web users we can make sure platforms serve humanity".

Věra Jourová, the European commissioner for justice and consumers, told German media outlet Bild am Sonntag that the misuse of data from 50 million Facebook users "is completely unacceptable" and demanded the social media company clarify how many European users have been affected by it. It has also suspended the access of Kogan and Wylie, as well as Cambridge's parent company, SCL.

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