18.02.21 Facebook Fixes

March 22, 2018
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2B people use FB EVERY MONTH – It’s the largest social network in the world.

News FB might not protect its users’ data wiped away $50B of market value.

CEO Mark Zuckerburg finally talked.

“I started Facebook,
and at the end of the day I’m responsible for what happens on our platform….We will learn from this experience to secure our platform further and make our community safer for everyone going forward.”

Mark Zuckerberg, FB, March 21, 2018

Good Catch-Up

“Facebook was hit with one of itsA biggest scandals everA when multiple outlets reported that a researcher’s app pulled personal information about 270,000 users and 50 million of their friends, then passed that data to Cambridge Analytica.”


Why It Matters:
(Even If You Don’t Use FB)

Here’s One Reason

  • Political ads, by law, have to be noted as such.
  • Reports say FB data was used by a private company to target voters/consumers.
  • Was the material clearly marked as political paid-for ads or was it more sinister to sway opinions?

Big Take Away?

Facebook knew back in 2015 that a professor shared data with a private company against their policies.

Zuckerberg blames that company forA certifying data was erased and lying about it.

Another way to look at it?A Facebook did not insure the data, collected against their policies, was erased.

Important To Note:

FB says in 2014 they *already* made important changes.

Before 2014: when you signed up for an app using your FB Account, your friend’s contact could be accessed without them having the app themselves. After: If you sign up for an app, your contacts are protected unless your friends sign up too.

What FB is doing NOW:

1.A Investigate all apps on the platform; audit to make sure they are following rules.
2. Restrict access to data. When you use your FB account to sign inA for apps, less info will be shared.
3. FB putting an easier way for users themselves to be reminded what apps they have and restrict access.

P.S. Birthdays, Addresses, of you and your friends through your FB accounts were easily shared in previous years. Where is all that info now? Who has it? What are they doing with it? Some lingering questions…

by Jenna Lee,