Kogan built a personality quiz app on Facebook that captured data on Facebook (fb) users and then sold the information to Cambridge Anlaytica, which violated the company’s terms and policies.
Dillon said although Facebook’s manipulation of users for “fairly nefarious purposes” is not a new process, many people are just now starting to realize the extent of their relationship to the company.
Yesterday Facebook shares dipped, but are still up three percent overall since Zuckerberg began his testimony on Capitol Hill.
Facebook and Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office is still investigating the Cambridge Analytica brief. “Is it true that Facebook is going to charge to use the site?”
We have Congressman Ben Luján to thank for a discovery that might come to hang around Zuckerberg as he battles to save his company’s image.
“I spent some of my time with the company raising awareness about that vulnerability”.
So you’re directing people that don’t even have a Facebook page to sign up for a Facebook page to access their data…
“The claim that Facemash was somehow connected to the development of Facebook – it isn’t, it wasn’t, and Facemash isn’t running”, he said.
Kogan downplayed the extent of this snooping, and told the New York Times that private messages were only harvested from a small number of people, likely “a couple thousand”.
Although Zuckerberg didn’t elaborate, the concept would be similar to what both video-streaming service Hulu and music-streaming service Spotify already do by offering a free version supported by ads or a commercial-free version that requires a subscription. Facebook is a step beyond that – it’s the network effect on steroids.
The 9% figure seems impossibly high as it would mean that of Facebook’s estimated 214 million users in the United States, 19.2 million deleted their account over the past few weeks alone. In his opening remarks at US Congress, he said: “Facebook is an idealistic and optimistic company”.
Cybersecurity author Scott Schober says the public is only now learning the extent of the data being collected on Facebook’s users.
“We are working to advocate technology”, Parakilas said, “that aligns with humanity’s best interest”. He repeatedly told the committee that users have full control over who sees their information.
Facebook is allowing select academics to examine its data as part of a new election research commission.
Yet, when asked if his data had been improperly used, he replied: “Yes”. It’s data that made Zuckerberg a billionaire.
After Zuckerberg said he didn’t know, Lujan enlightened him. It included names and email addresses of friends and relatives and at least one “web bug” created to identify him to Facebook’s web servers when he opened the email. “It’s been reported that Facebook has as many as 29,000 data points for an average Facebook user”.
Flummoxed, Zuckerberg resorted to a common response.
Zuckerberg handled every question extremely well as he expertly dodged the complicated or revealing questions by a “my team will get back to you on this” line.