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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Facebook Executives Speak Out, Promise Action To Protect Users

After initially staying silent on the scandal, Facebook executives are now being forced to explain their role in the personal data mining of millions of its users.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet with lawmakers later Monday, and testify before Congress on both Tuesday and Wednesday as lawmakers demand answers from the head of the company.
“We didn’t focus enough on preventing abuse and thinking through how people could use these tools to do harm as well,” stated Zuckerberg. “And that goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, hate speech, in addition to developers and data privacy.”
COO Sheryl Sandberg spent the weekend on different shows apologizing for Facebook not protecting its users.
“We know we didn’t do enough to protect people’s data and I’m really sorry about that, and Mark’s really sorry about that,” said Sandberg.
FILE – IN this Jan. 22, 2018 file photo, Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg attends a meeting with France’s President Emmanuel Macron, during the “Choose France” summit, at the Chateau de Versailles, outside Paris. Sandberg says Facebook should have conducted an audit after learning that a political consultancy’s improperly accessed user data nearly three years ago. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool, File)
Meanwhile, the whistle blower who alerted British authorities about the political lobbying firm’s access to millions of user’s private data continues to speak out.
Christopher Wylie revealed the data may be stored in Russia, and could have been copied before it was deleted.
“Risk that this data has been accessed by quite a few people, and that it could be stored in various parts of the world, including Russia, given the fact that, you know, the professor who was managing the data harvesting process was going back and forward between the U.K. and to Russia,” explianed Wylie.
This comes after it was revealed the modest estimate from The Guardian and New York Times of 50 million people’s information being harvested by Cambridge Analytica was millions below the actual number of people affected.
On Monday, Facebook began to notify the more than 87 million people using its platform if their information was harvested by Cambridge Analytica.
The company has also blocked other data mining firms using similar tactics to harvest data from quizzes, opening the door to more breaches in the future.
During his testimony, lawmakers are expected to grill Zuckerberg on consumer protection, and why the company is perceived as diminishing and dismissing scandals before actually addressing them.

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