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How much should we care about the Facebook 'fiasco'?

27 Marcha 2018, 09:46 | Benedicto Grullon

Sheryl Sandberg defends Facebook's data-hungry business model

Facebook not facing the music for breaching users' trust

An early mentor to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told FOX Business that regulating the leading tech giants in Silicon Valley will be detrimental to the internet.

With true friends, the more you learn about each other the more you like, trust and want to spend time with each other. If you're in the first category, then go ahead and join the #DeleteFacebook movement. Senator John Thune, the committee chairman, and Bill Nelson, the top Democrat, said the committee would work with Facebook "to find a suitable date for Mr. Zuckerberg to testify in the coming weeks".

Cambridge Analytica scandal has American politics as well as several other countries around the world.

Facebook has said that the data was initially collected by a professor for academic purposes in line with its rules.

Facebook is taking a hit this week, as more details are revealed about the data scandal with Cambridge Analytica. However, it is especially important given that Facebook already tried to assure Mozilla that the conditions that prevailed in 2015 (when Cambridge Analytica breached its terms of service) had always been addressed. But Facebook has allowed third parties to violate user privacy on an unprecedented scale, and, while legislators and regulators scramble to understand the implications and put limits in place, users are left with the responsibility to make sure their profiles are properly configured. "And if we need to do more, we continue to do more". You can read about those changes in this article: "Facebook changes: How will my account be different?".

In a brief interview on CNBC, Sandberg said that the decision for her and company chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg to wait before speaking publicly about the evolving crisis was a mistake.

Facebook has previously faced a groundswell of criticism for enabling fake news, filter bubbles, foreign election meddling and social media addiction. He rectified that in the CNN interview.

The Cambridge Analytica fiasco wasn't really a data breach. The trade body believes that the data might be now misused elsewhere too, and is seeking reassurances from Facebook executives that that is not the case. Under Facebook's terms of service at the time, this secondary data could only be used for "improving the user experience" and could not be resold.

The predictions Facebook make are based on the different pages you've liked, your status updates, what your friends like, your location, your career and the ways in which you interact with other accounts or adverts.

Zuckerberg also expressed regret for not doing more to take action against Cambridge Analytica when the issue came to the company's attention in 2015.

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