Facebook users still waiting on privacy scandal notices

Muriel Hammond
April 10, 2018

Mr Zuckerberg is due to testify to Congress today and tomorrow in the midst of the worst privacy crisis in Facebook's history.

Facebook's press page was once filled with announcements about new features to order food and connect to friends in virtual reality.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg will strike a conciliatory tone on Tuesday in testimony before Congress in an attempt to blunt possible regulatory fallout from the privacy scandal engulfing his social network. It will let users know if they're among the tens of millions who had their data improperly accessed by Cambridge Analytica.

The 33-year-old tech billionaire will appear before back-to-back panels of the Senate judiciary and commerce committees on Tuesday and will also testify in front of the House committee on energy and commerce on Wednesday.

Facebook has pushed out a flurry of announcements over the past week about how it's planning to mop up the Cambridge Analytica data-scraping scandal, and it's clear from Zuckerberg's testimony that the announcements were meant to prime the pump, letting the embattled CEO claim that his company is indeed taking action.

Then British whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who helped found the data consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, went public with widespread user data leaking and lax privacy practices at both firms.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed contrition for allowing third-party apps to grab the data of its users without their permission and for being "too slow to spot and respond to Russian interference" during the USA election, according to his prepared remarks published by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

A senior Senate GOP aide helping organize the joint Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Commerce Committee hearing told Breitbart News that it is standard practice not to swear witnesses like this in under oath.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg waits in the office lobby of Sen. This week, Facebook suspended a market research firm called CubeYou that was collecting personal information through quizzes on Facebook it said were intended for academic research and later sharing that data with advertisers.

Even still, the new allegations raise questions about how widespread the misuse of data was among Facebook's third-party app developers.

To address election interference, Zuckerberg points out that Facebook has taken down hundreds of accounts run by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency, which the US Department of Justice has accused of conducting "information warfare against the United States".

How will I know if my information was taken?

Cambridge Analytica said in a statement on Wednesday that it had data for only 30 million Facebook users.

"And Facebook keeps saying its an idealistic company". There he will explain in front of USA lawmakers what improvements Facebook will take to safeguard data of users.

"It's not enough to just connect people, we have to make sure those connections are positive", Zuckerberg plans to say in his testimony. Then came questions about Russian meddling, and reports that Russians targeted Facebook users with political ads. Facebook shares were up 1.7 percent in afternoon trading.

In a testimony released yesterday on the eve of his first Congressional appearance, Zuckerberg accepts responsibility for the social networks failure to protect private data of its 87 million users and prevent manipulation of the platform.

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