© Sofokleousin.gr Facebook: Informs Congress about personal data
“Abandon Facebook” (#deletefacebook) asks the campaign launched online on the scandal with the leak of personal data of more than 50 million users of the social networking site, that is “fired” from all sides and sees its share in stock market to fall, despite its head’s apology
Facebook head and founder Mark Zackerberg broke his silence Wednesday after several days and admitted that the site “made mistakes”.
“It is a very important violation of trust and I really regret that it happened. It is our responsibility to ensure that it does not happen again”,
Zackerberg said on CNN’s television network.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Zackerberg presented his plans for scrutinizing the suspicious applications of the social networking site, imposing restrictions on the personal data of users of application developers and creating a tool that the users use to control which apps have access to their data and can easily revoke their approval.
However, during his interview, Zackerberg left open the possibility of regulating Facebook’s operation.
“I’m not sure (…) There are things like adjusting the transparency of ads that I’d like to apply”,
The head of Facebook also pointed out that he is willing to testify before the Congress about the scandal with the leak of personal data.
“I will do it gladly, if it is the right thing (…) What we are trying to do is send the man from Facebook with the proper knowledge. If it is me, I will gladly go”,
he stressed. And the second in the Facebook hierarchy, Serriel Sandberg, apologized yesterday.
More than 50 million Facebook users’ personal data came to Cambridge Analytica without their consent. The data, as reported by AMNA, seem to be collected through an application developed by Cambridge University Professor of Psychology Alexander Kogan for Facebook.
In a statement late Tuesday, the social networking site reported “misled”. Facebook was informed in 2015 that Kogan gave the personal data he gathered from his application to Cambridge Analytica and asked both sides to delete them and give clear assurances that they did, says Zackerberg’s announcement.
According to him, Facebook was informed only last week that the company might not have deleted them. Yesterday Facebook’s share was below $170, dropping about 8% compared with Friday, although its drop began to reduce.
Despite the apology, the rage of site users, estimated at 2 billion, remains obvious. Bryan Assent, Co-Founder of the WhatsApp Messaging Application, which Facebook bought in 2014, has joined his voice with that of many other Internet users who want to leave the social networking site.
“The time has come. #deletefacebook”,
wrote to his account on Twitter, Mr. Akton who now works at Signal, a company that is a competitor to WhatsApp.
“Turn it off and forget it. It’s time to be interested in our privacy”,
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