Facebook makes huge admission about data scandal

BY ANNETA GRIFFEE / APRIL 4, 2018 /

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It was previously estimated that the British research firm, Cambridge Analytica, had improperly obtained personal data from about 50 million Facebook users.

Wednesday, Facebook admitted that the numbers were far higher, now saying as many as 87 million people may have been affected by the data theft.

Facebook posted a news release Wednesday, with an update on “Our plans to restrict data access on Facebook.”

“In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people — mostly in the US — may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica,” the social media giant admitted in the press release.

The Hill reported:

As a part of the data policy changes, Facebook said it will now delete Android users’ call and text logs that are older than a year following outcry over the practice.

The social media platform has been scrambling to temper criticism it has received following its disclosure that Cambridge Analytica improperly took user data and then did not delete the information after telling Facebook that it would.

The new estimate also comes one week before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify before a congressional panel on his company’s handling of data and the fallout.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have hammered Facebook over its dealings with Cambridge Analytica and have called on Zuckerberg to answer questions on Capitol Hill. He has committed to testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.


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