Cambridge Analytica may have accessed private Facebook messages as well

Ignacio Smith
April 13, 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has told USA lawmakers that his personal data was also harvested and sold by Cambridge Analytica and he intends to initiate legal action against the British firm accused of stealing personal information and using it for political purposes.

We've already learned quite a bit from Mark Zuckerberg's grilling by a joint session of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees.

Cambridge Analytica compromised personal information of approximately 87 million users, half a million of whom were from India. The data collection didn't violate any rules.

Long continued, however, and asked for further clarification regarding the goal of FaceMash, "You put up pictures of two women and decided which one was more attractive of the two, is that right?" And the reason why he failed to explain how and why Facebook creates shadow profiles - Zuckerberg said there is nothing called shadow profile although that is simply a word play - is because it is without basis.

Because Facebook doesn't charge users a service fee, the company says its financial viability depends on using personal data to maintain its advertising scheme. Yet, when asked if his data had been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, he replied: "Yes".

Pallone said that if Democrats were in charge, "then we would push all the more".

Such is the interest in the "listening in" conspiracy theory that Facebook published their own special page in their help section to allay users fears and deny that they would be able to use such a feature.

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"We have had a lot of these controls in place for years".

"I do imagine that we will find some apps that were either doing something suspicious or misusing people's data", he said.

"(It) suggests that a: "users are not in control, and b: "Facebook itself has lost control of the data", the former NSW deputy privacy commissioner told AAP on Thursday. Did anyone at FB have a conversation, at the time you became aware of this breach, wherein the decision was made not to contact the users?

"People have the ability to see everything they have in Facebook, take that out, delete that account and move their data anywhere that they want".

It is prescription on how companies treat consumer data. "We don't sell data".

Mr Zuckerberg said that he believes regulation of his industry is "inevitable".

Vaidhyanathan, the author of the upcoming book "Antisocial media: How Facebook Disconnects and Undermines Democracy", says you can't change those things about Facebook without destroying the platform's fundamental appeal.

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I think yes and no. Facebook is probably better at collecting so much data about everyone.

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"I don't want anyone at our company to make any decisions based on the political ideology of the content".

"But it's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used as harm as well". That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy, he said.

Zuckerberg agreed: "If there's an imminent threat of harm, we're going to take a conservative position on that and make sure that we flag that and understand that more broadly".

Zuckerberg mostly held his composure, repeating numerous same well-rehearsed answers: He is sorry for the company's mistakes.

"Facemash was a prank website that I launched in college - in my dorm room - before I started Facebook", he said.

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