Facebook's Zuckerberg Apologizes for 'Breach of Trust' in Disclosure of Users' Data

Virginia Carson
March 26, 2018

"This was a breach of trust, and I'm sorry we didn't do more at the time", Zuckerberg said, reiterating an apology first made last week in USA television interviews.

Here's a look at the scandal and what it means. The company is accused of holding on to the data after Facebook asked it to delete the files, and then using the information to manipulate United States voters in the 2016 presidential campaign. A former employee of the firm, Christopher Wylie, played a role in that action, and later told his story to journalists. Perhaps it's time for a new platform to be rolled out using blockchain technology that would undoubtedly win the hearts of the privacy-conscious. It has also deepened concerns about the social media network's ability to avoid being exploited to spread propaganda and sway elections.

Facebook does not know whether other companies have shared or mishandled user data, and a forensic audit is ongoing, Zuckerberg told Wired magazine. Facebook shares have fallen and some users are contemplating deleting their accounts.

The website ars technica reported that users who checked data collected by Facebook found that it had two or more years of contact names, telephone numbers, call lengths and text messages.

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In Sunday's advertisement, Zuckerberg said Facebook will reminds users "which apps you've given access to your information so you can shut off the ones you don't want anymore".

The spin doctors hard at work to limit yet more damage to the Facebook Inc. brand. He says the data firm approached him for the project and assured him that everything he did was legal.

Since Carrey's February 6 tweet, Facebook shares have fallen 11 percent as news of a scandal involving a political consulting firm linked to President Trump's campaign has spread, prompting CEO Mark Zuckerberg to tell CNN that perhaps it's time for lawmakers to consider regulating Facebook.

Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, disclosed an advisory role with Cambridge Analytica last August.

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Frank Pasquale, a professor at the University of Maryland who specializes in algorithms and tech ethics, called this "the runaway data problem", and said there is no way to return the genie to the bottle when it comes to securing data that has been released. Zuckerberg alone sold 5.4 million of his shares for more than $978 million, alleges the lawsuit.

Asked by Wired how confident he was that Facebook data had not gotten into the hands of Russian operatives or other groups, Zuckerberg said, "I can't really say that". But we also made mistakes, there's more to do, and we need to step up and do it. Over a year later, the Facebook co-founder faced a crisis over its handling of a large-scale abuse of its users' personal info.

"They only care about the advertisers, and the user is basically a digital slave".

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