An investigation will be carried out on all the apps that had "large amounts" of data before restrictions limiting data access were put in place. Facebook helped them gain access to consenting Facebook users as well as their non-consenting contacts or "friends" on the social media platform.
We look forward to Facebook instituting some of the things that Zuckerberg promised today. In case the developer needs more data access, Facebook's approval will be mandatory.
Zuckerberg has been in the crosshairs of regulators and the public since it was revealed late last week data firm Cambridge Analytica had lifted the data of 50 million unwitting users back in 2014. "They provided these certifications", confirms Zuckerberg.
Cambridge Analytica, best known for working on President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, is at the center of an global storm over privacy and political manipulation. Investigations in the USA and United Kingdom are underway, as well. "Keep in mind that information that others have shared about you is not part of your account and will not be deleted when you delete your account", Facebook says in its data policy.
Facebook, which has over two billion users globally, including over 200 million in India, had faced backlash on the data scandal issue, prompting Zuckerberg to issue an apology for the "major breach of trust", and promising to take steps to protect user data.
"That's the approach that we are taking - the big tech companies need to abide by the law and we are strengthening the law". "If we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them and tell everyone affected by those apps", writes Zuckerberg. The data includes your Facebook personal messages, photos, status updates and which advertisers have your contact info, among other data points. "And any developer who won't sign up for that, we're going to kick off the [Facebook] platform". "I'm sure they're working on that, and there are going to be some new tactics we make sure we observe and get in front of them". In the next month, we will show everyone a tool at the top of your News Feed with the apps you've used and an easy way to revoke those apps' permissions to your data.
"I'm not sure we shouldn't be regulated", Zickertold CNN.
Beyond the steps we had already taken in 2014, I believe these are the next steps we must take to continue to secure our platform. In regular Facebook fashion, it all started with the long essay trick in which the CEO didn't actually apologize for what happened.