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Zuckerberg Apologizes For Facebook Privacy Scandal In Full-page Ads

Zuckerberg Apologizes For Facebook Privacy Scandal In Full-page Ads

“Thank you for believing in this community. I promise to do better for you.”

Faced with the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken out full-page ads in several British and American newspapers to apologize and promise “to do better.”

Business Insider reports:

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took out full page ads in several British and American newspapers to apologize for the Cambridge Analytica scandal that has roiled the company over the past two weeks.

“We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we can’t, we don’t deserve it,” says the ad, which ran in papers including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

One ad also ran in The Observer, the British publication that broke the story.

The scandal centers around British data company Cambridge Analytica, which has ties to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. It illicitly obtained information from as many as 50 million Facebook profiles by abusing Facebook’s data-sharing features.

Business Insider provides the content of the full ad:

“We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we can’t, we don’t deserve it.

You may have heard about a quiz app built by a university researcher that leaked Facebook data of millions of people in 2014. This was a breach of trust, and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time. We’re now taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

We’ve already stopped apps like this from getting so much information. Now we’re limiting the data apps get when you sign in using Facebook.

We’re also investigating every single app that had access to large amounts of data before we fixed this. We expect there are others. And when we find them, we will ban them and tell everyone affected.

Finally, we’ll remind you of which apps you’ve given access to your information — so you can shut off the ones you don’t want anymore.

Thank you for believing in this community. I promise to do better for you.

Mark Zuckerberg”

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Comments

That’s hysterical. Before I left FB, users were constantly on alert for stealth “updates” that quietly reset all your privacy settings to public.

Zuckerberg has what is called a “punchable face”.

Didn’t Facebook give Hillary’s campaign facebook data too? So why focus on what they sold to Trump?

    What? I don’t mention Trump at all, and the quoted article mentions him just once. In passing. Hardly a “focus.”

      randian in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | March 25, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      What I meant by “focusing on Trump” is Business Insider said “The scandal centers around British data company Cambridge Analytica, which has ties to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign”. Which happens to be true, but implies that Trump’s campaign was the only people Facebook was selling user information to. It somehow wasn’t a scandal when they were selling data to Hillary and Obama.

      Frankly, given what else Facebook is doing, I don’t believe for a second that Zuckerberg’s “do better” means “stop selling data to everybody”. They’re just going to make sure that conservative or Republican data seekers can’t get it.

The Onion run a story with a tweet.
” Millions of Americans are ok with their data being compromised ,just to watch the f ing pr k squirm.

Remember when the Obama campaign bragged about how they’d hoovered the entire Facebook social graph and all the proggies thought it was cool?

I have to believe that Richard Hendricks was cast using Zuck as a model.

Cambridge Analytica is nothing. The problem with Facebook is the leftist political stance of Zuckerberg and his associates. They gave access to all the data they had to the Obama campaign to use to their benefit, they censor and prohibit anything they can that conflicts with their political outlook, and bend the information presented toward the leftist point of view as much as possible. Facebook is about socialist political propaganda, and quashing anything that conflicts with it — done in the name of fairness,equality, ant-terrorism, not offending favored groups, etc.

This was not an apology for what they did that was wrong, rather it was an apology for getting caught.

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