Facebook apologizes for scandal in paper ads

Facebook apologizes for scandal in paper ads

While there's no sign of a Facebook exodus so far, the possibility presents yet another threat to the company. A few weeks later Facebook brought out a new product that copied the smaller rival's idea.

Here's a suggested item for your weekend to-do list: review what apps have access to your Facebook data, then start deleting.

It was not a firestorm that Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg had been prepared for and their response fell short. And then this kicker, that the app "may still have the data you shared with them". "This is the Facebook business model". It has also deepened concerns about the social media network's ability to avoid being exploited to spread propaganda and sway elections.

In the early days of the company's ascendancy, Facebook's motto was "move fast and break things". I'm serious about doing what it takes to protect our community. But we also made mistakes, there's more to do, and we need to step up and do it.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken out full page adverts in a string of national newspapers to apologise for a "breach of trust" after a political consultancy gained access to 50 million users' details.

The breach was called a "light bulb" moment for users, spawning the social media trend #deletefacebook.

A Facebook spokesman confirmed the company had received the House letter and was reviewing it, but did not say whether or not Zuckerberg would agree to testify. She said she was sorry the company let so many people down.

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But those steps don't get at what many outsiders see as bigger problems at Facebook: its rampant data collection from users, its embrace of political ads that target individuals and small demographic groups with precision, and its apparent inability to end malicious use of its service by governments, shady corporations and criminal elements.

From the company's perspective, the baby steps make flawless sense. The company is accused of holding on to the data after Facebook asked it to delete the files, and then using the information to manipulate United States voters in the 2016 presidential campaign. Something it has been desperately fighting against in Europe.

Professor Moira Paterson from Monash University says despite a level of awareness about privacy settings, Australians can be "a little bit naive" when it comes to online content.

The Cambridge Analytics fiasco appears to have crystallized the anxiety many people feel about Facebook's enormous sway over daily life and its massive data trove.

I've just looked at the data files I requested from Facebook and they had every single phone number in my contacts.

According to The Guardian, Bannon said at a conference Thursday that he "didn't even know about the Facebook mining".

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