Abril 25, 2018

Facebook Releasing Unsend Message Feature Amid Cambridge Analytica Scandal

08 Abril 2018, 10:59 | Crisanna Felipe

Fresh calls for Facebook to face inquiry after it emerges that up to 45000 Irish users may have had personal details

Admitting bigger breach, Zuck updates terms and invites you to scream into your pillow

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologised for his company's role in the data scandal.

Facebook is working to strengthen its system ahead of this year's USA midterm elections and other elections around the world. Users are able to unsend the message at any time. Facebook had it turned on by default.

In the lead-up to the hearings, Facebook has scrambled to respond to increased scrutiny from the journalists and the public over its privacy practices. "That, to me, was the failure".

Now we know. Rather than the 50 million Facebook users whose information was taken by Cambridge Analytica, the social network says most Facebook users have, at some point, had their personal information "scraped by malicious actors".

The requirement is created to clamp down on users with fake accounts running Facebook pages.

Reports suggest the data was then used by Cambridge Analytica as part of its work on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, though the British firm denies this.

Neither Zuckerberg nor his company has identified those who carried out the data scraping.

Facebook didn't suspend Cambridge Analytica from the platform until March 17, the day the media broke stories about the unauthorized data harvesting.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify in front of congress next week about Russian meddling and the data of users shared with Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday on when it discovered the data scraping. But Zuckerberg said the scrapers circumvented that defense by cycling through multiple IP addresses.

All 2.2 billion Facebook users will receive a notice on their feeds titled "Protecting Your Information". Authorities pointed to FB's collection of data using cookies from people who do not have an FB account but navigate other pages containing a "like" button. "For all of your data, it would seem that it was our personal connection with senior members of your team which led to the issue being dealt with". Facebook was ordered to delete all data it had gathered illegally on Belgian citizens, including people who were not users of the social network.

The new privacy policy aims to explain the data it gathers about users more clearly - but doesn't actually change what it collects and shares.

The company has tried to simplify its settings multiple times over the years, most recently this week. The company didn't reveal this until and unless it was caught in the act, and that's why, it has been facing backlash from users and media alike.

Facebook's newest feature for Messenger comes at a time when another controversy could be brewing for Facebook.

"In the secure messaging space we have a concept called transcript consistency, the idea that all participants in a conversation see and react to the same messages", says Sarah Jamie Lewis, a privacy and anonymity researcher and the executive director of Open Privacy.

Facebook released information to state that they had recently removed as many as 270 accounts that were established in Russian Federation - accounts whose sole objective was to spread false information to American voters during the 2016 election season.

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