Facebook Now Says 87 Million Users Hit by Cambridge Analytica Leak

Ruben Fields
April 5, 2018

Zuckerberg said that nobody had, but that he was personally taking responsibility for the scandal and wasn't looking to "throw anyone else under the bus". "It's our first big action against IRA", Zuckerberg said.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made headlines last month after suggesting that perhaps his company should be more tightly regulated following the massive Cambridge Analytica breach, but the mega-billionaire said in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday that his company doesn't plan to comply with the European Union's strict new data privacy regulations across the globe. According to Reuters, Facebook acknowledged it was 87 million users, which is an increase of 37 million user accounts whose data was utilized by the data firm.

However, Cambridge Analytica stated that it "licensed data from [Global Science Research] for 30 million individuals, not 87 million", and added the data mining firm "did not use GSR Facebook data or any derivatives of this data in the U.S. presidential election".

Facebook Inc. scans the links and images that people send each other on Facebook Messenger, and reads chats when they're flagged to moderators, making sure the content abides by the company's rules.

Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining firm affiliated with President Donald Trump's campaign, has been accused of using ill-gotten data from Facebook users to try to influence elections.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat who is not on the committee, got the most Facebook contributions in the House, totaling $55,150 since 2007.

"I think life is about learning from the mistakes and figuring out how to move forward", he said. Facebook also has been dealing with fake news, the use of Facebook to spread hate and discord and concerns about social media's effect on people's mental well-being. The so-called "optics" - how things look - are as important as what you say.

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The motion is supported by 80-odd MPs, Opposition has claimed, but has not been taken up by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu at Andhra.

Zuckerberg has set fixing Facebook as his personal challenge for 2018.

Earlier Wednesday, Facebook unveiled a new privacy policy that seeks to clarify its data collection and use. The company will restrict the access that apps have to certain information shared via the Facebook's events, groups, and pages APIs, as well as approve future API access. ↣ Apps won't have access to a Facebook group's member list.

In a release Facebook said: "Malicious actors have also abused these features" and "given the scale and sophistication of the activity we've seen, we believe most people on Facebook could have had their public profile scraped this way". It's not clear why Facebook is deleting older logs, but it's likely the company wants to limit the amount of data that's stored on accounts using this feature.

Nearly always, critics say, the changes meant a move away from protecting user privacy toward pushing openness and more sharing.

A few weeks ago, the number of affected users was estimated to be 50 million. Start there, then fine-tune your Facebook privacy settings, which have been overhauled.

A new study discovered what many of us already know: spending some time away from Facebook can help lower your stress level. Facebook has found itself under a new investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission, after it was revealed that previous versions of its developer tools allowed third-party apps to extract personal information on users who hadn't given explicit permission for that to take place. Walden and Pallone said a day later that as Facebook's top executive, Zuckerberg is indeed the "right witness to provide answers to the American people".

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