Categories: US News

Zuckerberg says Facebook must protect user data or ‘we don’t deserve to serve you’

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged on Wednesday that his company failed to protect user data in the widening Cambridge Analytica controversy, but said newly unveiled policies would prevent developers from misappropriating such information in the future.

Zuckerberg said in a statement posted on his Facebook page that the company had already taken the “most important steps” in 2014 to prevent “bad actors” from accessing users’ information in this way. He also outlined three additional steps Facebook would take:

The company will investigate all apps that had access to “large amounts of information” prior to Facebook’s platform change in 2014.

– Facebook said it will restrict developers’ data access “even further,” such as removing access to user data if that user hasn’t used the outside app in three months.

– Facebook will put a tool at the top of the News Feed showing apps that accounts have used and “an easy way” to revoke those apps’ permissions to data.

Zuckerberg had been roundly criticized for his silence in the days since the Cambridge Analytica data misappropriation scandal erupted.

Over the weekend, the New York Times and British newspaper the Observer reported that the data analytics firm, which had ties to President Trump’s campaign, collected data from approximately 50 million Facebook accounts without users’ knowledge in an attempt to sway voters’ opinions.

The blowback has been swift. Facebook’s stock has dropped 7.1 percent since Friday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission reportedly launched a probe and lawmakers have demanded Zuckerberg testify before Congress.

Tribune News Service
Published by
Tribune News Service

Recent Posts

McDonald’s workers strike to protest sexual harassment

Hundreds of workers at fast-food giant McDonald's walked off the job Tuesday to address concerns about sexual harassment, with rallies…

13 mins ago

Breed issues directive to combat workplace discrimination in city departments

A day before a Board of Supervisors hearing on discriminatory hiring practices by city departments, Mayor London Breed on Tuesday…

2 hours ago

City to redesign intersection where cyclist was struck, killed

The City will redesign an intersection on Howard Street where a bicyclist was struck and killed Thursday last week, which…

2 hours ago

SF Preps football roundup: Galileo falls, Lowell opens with milestone

Game of the Week: Galileo 30, Rio Vista 54: In a rematch of last year’s Division 6-A regional final, an…

2 hours ago

Transit board stalemate highlights city’s failure to find solution for homeless RV residents

The City’s transit board deadlocked Tuesday over a proposed ban on oversize vehicles on a one-block long street at the…

2 hours ago

Adachi seeks to remove judge from murder case over alleged racial bias

Public Defender Jeff Adachi on Tuesday sought to remove a judge from the murder trial of a tenant-rights attorney over…

3 hours ago