Facebook CEO Issues Apology over Data Scandal.
By Avery Engleman
April 27, 2018
The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal has left many users concerned about their personal information. Contrary to popular media belief, however, this data scandal was neither a leak, nor a loophole.
Since April 2010, the Facebook team has been testing affiliations with third-party apps through their platform called Open Graph.
In 2013, Cambridge Analytica created a Facebook quiz app through Open Graph, in which nearly 300,000 users answered personal questions under the guise of creating a psychological profile. These users’ friends on Facebook also became at risk by association. Aleksandr Kogan, creator of the app, had access to a recently-estimated 87 million users’ data.
CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, began public damage control for the social media platform in late March 2018.
"We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you. I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again."
In April 2018, Zuckerberg spent 10 hours testifying before Congress.
“Knowing what I know today, clearly we should have done more,” Zuckerberg said.
The app has since been shut down. Kogan was demanded to delete all of the information he had gathered, which Kogan confirmed in a signed statement that it was deleted. Facebook has changed its rules to limit access to user data, and to require permission before gaining access to a user’s friends’ data.
In Zuckerberg’s apology, he said: “I'm sorry we didn't do more at the time. We're now taking steps to ensure this doesn't happen again.”
• https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-privacy/facebook-says-data-leak-hits-87-million-users-widening-privacy- scandal-idUSKCN1HB2CM