Facebook also estimated that the data of 1,175,870 users from the Philippines, 1,096,666 users from Indonesia, and 1,079,031 users from the United Kingdom was shared, while several million users from Mexico, Canada, India, Brazil, Vietnam, and Australia were affected too. That was being used by malicious actors to scrape public profile information, it said.
Facebook users, rejoice! You can now remove third-party “vampire apps” sucking live out of your mobile devices.
Facebook continues to deliver cosmetic privacy changes following revelations about data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica harvesting the personal information of over 50 million Facebook users.
The data breach was initially reported to be 50 million. It has resulted in calls from legislators and policymakers for greater regulation of social media, helping to shave billion of dollars from the company’s market value. Take responsibility. Don’t feign ignorance. Zuckerberg is also scheduled to hold a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon about the company’s response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. They still have access to your account.
In light of these events, Facebook stock has taken a tumble.
“Security isn’t a problem you ever fully solve”, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post on his personal Facebook page.
Facebook said last month that it hired forensic auditors to probe whether Cambridge Analytica still had the data. “We’re not asking for new rights to collect, use or share your data on Facebook”.
Instagram hasn’t yet commented on the API change, leaving app developers who depend on the platform to speculate about its motivations for limiting data access and to search for alternatives before the change hurts their business.
The company confirmed the practice after an interview with Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, published this week, raised questions about Messenger’s practices and privacy.
Zuckerberg, in Wednesday’s call, said he couldn’t be sure.
Facebook made a bombshell admission about the security of its users’ personal information on Wednesday, in a startling revelation that’s nearly certain to worsen the privacy crisis now hanging over the world’s largest social network. Previously, Facebook made it hard because users had to remove access to thousands of apps individually.
Zuckerberg’s testimony is scheduled for 10 a.m. EST and will touch on the how the company uses and how it protects user data.
He said it isn’t enough for Facebook to believe app developers when they say they follow the rules, and noted Facebook has to ensure they do.
Either way, he thinks he should remain at the helm of Facebook.
Around the same time Mr Zuckerberg admitted his company had made mistakes and outlined his plans to restore trust with users.