Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally break his silence on the controversial Cambridge Analytica (CA) scandal that led to the accessed information from about 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge. CA is the British data consultant that was linked to US President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you. I’ve been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn’t happen again.” Mark Zuckerberg wrote in his lengthy post in his official Facebook page, Thursday, March 22 (Manila time), as he addressed the CA scandal.
“The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.” He added as he explained the steps that Facebook has been doing to protect the privacy of their 2.13 billion monthly active users.
“This was a breach of trust between Kogan, Cambridge Analytica, and Facebook. But it was also a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it. We need to fix that.” The 33-year old Facebook CEO said further, noting that Facebook discovered last week that CA may not have deleted the data as it certified.
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According to Zuckerberg, a Cambridge University researcher named Aleksandr Kogan created a personality quiz app in 2013 and was installed by around 300,000 people who shared their data as well as some of their friends’ data. Facebook has already suspended CA and Kogan from the platform, pending further investigation of the issue.
On the other hand, Kogan said he is being unfairly blamed by Facebook and CA. In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today show shortly after Zuckerberg dragged his name on the CA scandal, he admitted harvesting the personal details of 30 million Facebook users via a personality app he developed but said he said that CA told him it is legal.
“My view is that I’m being basically used as a scapegoat by both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Honestly, we thought we were acting perfectly appropriately. We thought we were doing something that was really normal.” Kogan said, insisting that CA’s claim that he had approached them with the idea is not true.
Meanwhile, Facebook is now facing lawsuits from its investors and users, and US politicians are now calling to Zuckerberg to testify before Senate Judiciary, in connection with the CA controversy. In addition, a “Delete Facebook” movement has been created, with WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton being among the latest member.
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