Facebook users and lovers there is something you need to know, it’s very heartbreaking but the good news is that Uncle Mark and the facebook team are working so hard to see it resolved.
The recent #deletefacebook has gone viral since the co-founder of whatsapp Brian Actor joined the conversion, you will remember that Whatsapp was founded by Jan Koum and Brian Actor the duo made a fortune by selling it to Facebook for $16 billion.
The delete Facebook movement started when it was discovered that the Cambridge Anaytica a political data analytics firm that worked on the ads for Donald Trump’s Election in 2016, the firm lied about deleting the data sent to it by the makers of a popular psychology test app, “thisisyourdigitallife.”
About 270,000 had registered to use the app created by University of Cambridge psychology professor, Aleksandr Kogan, who then passed their information and the information of friends whose privacy settings allowed it to Cambridge Analytica.
Since the trend began Facebook has lost about $37 billion and Mark Zuckerberg has lost $5 million in one day, Poor uncle Mark loosing all that in one day but he had this to say about the data breach
“First, we will investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before we changed our platform to dramatically reduce data access in 2014, and we will conduct a full audit of any app with suspicious activity. We will ban any developer from our platform that does not agree to a thorough audit.
Second, we will restrict developers’ data access even further to prevent other kinds of abuse. For example, we will remove developers’ access to your data if you haven’t used their app in 3 months.
Third, we want to make sure you understand which apps you’ve allowed to access your data. 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 started Facebook, and at the end of the day I’m responsible for what happens on our platform. I’m serious about doing what it takes to protect our community. While this specific issue involving Cambridge Analytica should no longer happen with new apps today, that doesn’t change what happened in the past. We will learn from this experience to secure our platform further and make our community safer for everyone going forward.”
Facebook, in its blog post also said it will henceforth:
- Review our platform
- Tell people about data misuse
- Turn off access for unused apps
- Restrict Facebook Login data
- Encourage people to manage the apps they use
- Reward people who find vulnerabilities.
Should we give up on Facebook because it failed this one time or should it be given another chance? Facebook has been of great help and it has connected millions of people worldwide, if given a second chance they could perform better but what do you think? Let me know in the comments section.