Facebook Notifying Users Whose Data Was Shared With Cambridge Analytica

Mark Zuckerberg survives US Congress grilling over Cambridge Analytica scandal
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg testifies in front of US Congress senators
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10 April, 2018

Dianne Feinstein, April 9, 2018 on Capitol Hill.

San Francisco: Battered by media reports that it secretly deleted CEO Mark Zuckerberg's posts from his recipients' inboxes, Facebook is now planning to make its Unsend feature available to its over two billion users in coming months.

In one update last week, Facebook upped the estimate for the number of people whose data may have been accessed by Cambridge Analytica and revealed that "most people on Facebook" may have had their public profile information scraped by malicious actors.

The website's 33-year-old founder will appear at a joint hearing before the Senate Judiciary and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Tuesday at 2:15 p.m.

The social networking giant will be sending a notification to users' Facebook News Feed starting today. "The company really is at a moment of reckoning", he told NPR.

"It's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm." he said.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will tell Congress in scheduled appearances this week that his company should have spotted Russian interference in the USA presidential election earlier, a transcript of his testimony released on April 9 says.

"I first called out Facebook and some of the social media platforms in December of 2016", Virginia Sen.

Facebook has been in troubled waters ever since the Cambridge Analytica's data breach has been reported.

Rust, the center director, stressed that its "apps have at all times followed Facebook's developer policies and the use of data collected by them has always been in line with consent given by their users".

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"The bottom line here is: if Facebook cant fix its privacy problems, then how can Americans trust them to be caretakers of their sensitive information?" he asked.

Facebook has said that as many as 146 million people may have received information from a Russian agency that's accused of orchestrating much of the cyber meddling in the election.

He is also expected to announce that the company is establishing an independent election research commission that will look into the effects of social media on elections and democracy.

"It's not enough to just connect people, we have to make sure those connections are positive", Zuckerberg plans to say in his testimony.

Zuckerberg was also scheduled to meet with Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., ahead of Tuesday's hearing.

SANDBERG: We still don't know. "We need a set of privacy rules for the entire internet ecosystem", Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican representative running for Senate, wrote on Twitter.

To ease the way, Zuckerberg on Monday met some lawmakers privately, listening to their concerns before they will have a chance to interrogate him in public.

The company that developed a personality quiz app, Cambridge Analytica, is at the centre of the scandal.

According to CNBC, CubeYou labeled its quizzes "for non-profit academic research" then shared user information with marketers.

In a testimony released yesterday on the eve of his first Congressional appearance, Zuckerberg accepts responsibility for the social networks failure to protect private data of its 87 million users and prevent manipulation of the platform. The company's CEO Zuckerberg will be meeting United States lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday to present his case.


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