Facebook apologizes for privacy breach with full-page newspaper ads

Facebook apologizes for privacy breach with full-page newspaper ads

Facebook apologizes for privacy breach with full-page newspaper ads

This follows allegations by a whistleblower that British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed users' information to build profiles on American voters that were later used to help elect U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016. If Facebook was slow to respond, its share price - down 14% this month - was not. Zuckerberg said this was a breach of trust and that Facebook is taking steps to make sure it doesn't happen again. It did not, however much liberals would love to overturn the result.

The apology also reiterated that Facebook had already changed its data collection rules, and that it was looking into "every single app" that had access to large data sets.

"We look forward to Facebook instituting some of the things that Zuckerberg promised", Dixon added.

In the letter he admits there are probably more examples of breaches yet to be uncovered.

The ads, which appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Observer, The Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Mirror, Sunday Express and Sunday Telegraph, were led off with a declaration of: "We have a responsibility to protect your information".

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A new Reuters-Ipsos poll in the USA released Sunday showed that 41 percent of Americans trust Facebook to obey laws that protect their personal information, compared to 66 percent of trust in Amazon; 62 percent in Google; 60 percent in Microsoft and 47 percent in Yahoo.

Cambridge Analytica says it initially believed the data had been obtained in line with data protection laws, and later deleted it at Facebook's request. "We expect there are others", he wrote. "And when we find them, we will ban them and tell everyone affected". "Now we're limiting the data apps get when you sign into Facebook".

The website ars technica reported that users who checked data collected by Facebook found that it had two or more years of contact names, telephone numbers, call lengths and text messages.

The letter does not significantly differ from a statement published on Mr Zuckerberg's Facebook page, shortly before he said he was "open" to testifying before Congress in the US. "Bugs can cause damage, but bugs are created by people, and can be fixed by people", he said.

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