Facebook responds to data breach controversy: “We have a responsibility to protect your data”

If you’ve deleted your Facebook recently, well, you’re not alone. It’s a movement and viral hashtag trending, in the wake of the social media giant’s recent controversy over a data breach of the information of tens of millions of its users.

Last weekend, reports surfaced that millions of Facebook users’ data was accessed without their permission between 2013 and 2015 by Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm used by the Trump campaign in 2016.

Cambridge Analytica harvested the information via a personality quiz that collected data not just from its 270,000 thousand users, but their friends as well — amounting to the information of some 50 million people.

 

The news drew concerns from many of its users, including these Fil-Ams.

 

“Now that we live in an internet age, with such little pieces of personal identifying information, you can have someones first name, last name, date of birth, you can probably if you really wanted to, find their social security number, credit cards, what banks they have, in this day and age,” said data engineer Corrina Calanoc.

For computer science undergraduate student Arvin Villadelgado, much of the public outrage is misplaced.

 

“With Cambridge Analytica, Facebook allowed them to hold all that data, but I also think Facebook gets more of the negative press than Cambridge Analytica, which was essentially the party that violated the terms and agreements and all these other things that Facebook entrusted to them.”

On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg admitted that his company made mistakes in the data leak, saying “we have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.”

According to Zuckerburg, Cambridge Analytica may not have deleted data as Facebook previously ordered, and banned them from the platform as of last Friday.

Despite this, the list of those joining the #DeleteFacebook movement continues to grow, including high profile names such as singer Cher and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Some experts say deleting Facebook can only do so much.

 

“Whether people leave facebook and delete their individual profile will not really substantively impact the entire system and the structural ways in which we are increasingly being data-fied, commodified bought and sold and traded on the open market,” said Safiya Umoja Noble, Asst. Professor at USC.

 

Moving forward, Facebook says it will take several measures to address the data breach, including investigating all apps that had access to large amounts of information prior to their 2014 policy change, further restricting developers access to data, and educating its users about the apps they’ve allowed to access their information.

 

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  • Mario
    26 March 2018 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Facebook Zuckerberg, die hard Democrat, convinced that a businessman could win the Presidency. A possible run for VP or President on future Presidential election. By monitoring your chat with friends, they can identify if you are a Democrat, Republican or independent. During Obama regime his private plane were parked inside the military base hangar, free, ready for used by Democrat politicians, and a loyal, good friend of Obama. During the election, as a GOP, everytime, I chat with friends, poll surveys showing Hillary leading, pop-out every 5 minutes. FB tried their best to support Hillary but failed. Mr FB worth $68B, 2nd riches in America, # 1 is Bezos-owner of Amazon and Washington Post a Democrat. # 3 is W.Buffet s Democrat, soon will lose his monopoly on train oil delivery from Canada to US, because Trump signed the keystone pipeline. Soon Congress might investigate FB, Google for anti-Trust violation and Amazon for tax free priviledges on their product bought on line.

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