Almost everyone has an account on Facebook. Some people use it for business, some for keeping in touch with friends and family, and others to make new friends. We’ve all been hearing about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal that has been making news recently.
Cambridge Analytica, a political data science firm, based in Britain managed to harvest user data from Facebook from over a 50 million users. In response, Mark Zuckerberg released a statement on the entire situation saying that it was”breach of trust”.
Yesterday, Mark announced that personal data of 50 million Americans were harvested and shared with the political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica who has further claimed to delete the data once Facebook told them to do so.
"I really just care about building something that my girls are going to grow up and be proud of me for. That's what is kind of my guiding philosophy at this point." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says fatherhood has changed him and the way he works. https://t.co/JGXNyK6uh6 pic.twitter.com/rW34WTzeLY
— CNN International (@cnni) March 22, 2018
Eventually, Zuckerberg said that they will take all the immediate action in order to do some serious damage control. He said he will conduct audits for all external apps, ban developers that have been misusing information, and inform everyone who has been affected by that app.
He also said that he will reduce the data that apps have access to when they sign in. It will now be restricted to just the name, profile photo, and email address.
Amidst all of this, one of the founders of Whatsapp, Brian Acton, sent out a tweet telling everyone to delete Facebook.
It is time. #deletefacebook
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
Acton left Whatsapp after he got $6.5 billion from Facebook in 2014. He is now involved in a new chat app called Signal. Since then #DeleteFacebook has been trending on Twitter.
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