Facebook suspends Canadian firm amid data mining scandal

Facebook suspends Canadian firm amid data mining scandal

Especially since Facebook also said that it would stop Zuckerberg from deleting anymore messages before it can roll out the ability to everyone.

Zuckerberg and Facebook's No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, had been quiet since news broke Friday that Cambridge may have used data improperly obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to sway elections.

Earlier this week, Facebook showed country-specific break-up of people affected by the data breach, saying information of up to 87 million people, mostly in the U.S., may have been "improperly" shared with British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica via a quiz app, "thisisyourdigitallife", between November 2013 and December 2015.

Sadly, the company did not acknowledge the same doings about their CEO Mark Zuckerberg's messages. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., a chief author of the Honest Ads Act.

"In the release, the company is clearly trying to reassure, insisting", We're not asking for new rights to collect, use or share your data on Facebook. "The goal of this legislation is to ensure that all major platforms that sell political advertisements are held to the same rules of the road". I mean, think about this.

Facebook has been in the news lately, having to explain how millions of users' data have been misused.

"While it's clear that investor sentiment has been materially impacted by (the) Cambridge Analytica revelations, we believe FB is acting proactively and aggressively to tighten its privacy controls and increase the level of transparency into its practices", Wells Fargo analyst Ken Sena said.

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Earlier this week, CNN reported that the Internet Research Agency connections of some pages Facebook just removed on Tuesday should have been obvious months ago.

"Our ongoing investigation into the use of personal data analytics for political purposes by campaigns, parties, social media companies and others will be measured, thorough and independent", she will say in her prepared remarks.

In addition, Facebook says it will also require the administrators of pages with a "large number" of followers to verify their identities and addresses.

David Carroll, a professor at Parsons School of Design in NY who sued Cambridge Analytica in the United Kingdom, said he was not satisfied with Zuckerberg's response, but acknowledged that "this is just the beginning".

The Federal Election Commission, the country's campaign finance watchdog, is seeking public comment on new online-ad-disclosure requirements that would cover candidates and could require more disclaimers on ads that appear in apps like Snapchat.

Issue ads are frequently run by interest groups, lobbying organizations and wealthy individuals who want to influence legislation or have an indirect impact on an election.

Author information: Tony Romm is a technology policy reporter at The Washington Post. Far from being an isolated incident, this case further epitomizes the kind of issues that have been rife on Facebook in Myanmar for more than four years now and the inadequate response of the Facebook team.

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