In full-page ads, Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook's failure to protect users' personal data

In full-page ads, Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook's failure to protect users' personal data
A letter from Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears in nine Sunday papers today in the form of a full-page advertisement. The letter, which includes the Facebook logo and Zuckerberg's signature, contains an apology of sorts. Citing the data on 50 million Facebook users that researcher and former Cambridge University professor Aleksandr Kogan leaked to Cambridge Analytica without permission (some reports allege that Kogan sold the data to the consulting firm), Zuckerberg says that this represented a "breach of trust." In addition, the executive said that he is sorry that Facebook didn't do more to stop this from occurring, and is taking steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Zuckerberg's letter points out the steps that Facebook is taking right now. They include:

  • Limits on the amount of data that apps get when you sign in using Facebook.
  • Stopping apps like the one created by Russian-American Kogan from receiving "so much information."
  • Finding out which apps received large amounts of information and banning them.

Facebook also plans to remind you which apps have your permission to mine your information; this way you can rescind your permission and prevent certain apps from obtaining your information.


While some Facebook users have been protesting its actions by deleting the app, investors have been dumping the stock. The latter actually hits Mark Zuckerberg where it hurts the most (in his wallet). From a high of $185.09 on March 16th, Facebook's shares closed at $159.39 this past Friday. That is a one-week decline of 13.9% which erased over $5 billion from Zuckerberg's net worth.



The U.S. newspapers sporting the apology include The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. The full-page ad is also found inside U.K. papers The Observer, The Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Mirror, Sunday Express and Sunday Telegraph.


source: TheVerge

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24 Comments

1. Jrod99

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Time to delete Facebook. I stay in touch with my real friends anyways. Only time I check it now is to make the notification go away.

4. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Yup. F him. He's not sorry, the only thing he is sorry about is being caught. More money is the important thing to him.

14. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Time to delete Facebook????? The time was long, long, long ago!!! Too late my friend! Nothing is to be deleted! All the kids and youngsters not only in US but all over the world, are into the trap . If some of them, one day wants to do for election position, there is enough data and pictures, to sway the vote in ''right'' direction. All the young ppl in the world, do sometimes crazy things. Right? THEY could even divorce families, if they want.

15. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

The remedy is, one day ppl to make their own social apps with passwords for their friend if share sensitive data. And of course more OSs made by different countries. Such BS like FB and so, only for connections, without anything else!

2. Jacksie66 unregistered

Facebook is as useful as a chocolate tea pot. Shower of bastards.

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Time to delete my FB!

5. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

his apology meant nothing to me! I already deactivated my account!

6. zennacko unregistered

He's apologizing to the stockholders, not to the users. If the stock wasn't taking a nosedive, he wouldn't care.

10. emvxl

Posts: 141; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Now that makes sense.

25. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

True that! FK it! I'm done! it's pointless thing!

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

One of the sleaziest most unethical CEO's out there. Pure cancer. He makes Steve Jobs look like a saint. Every step he does is well calculated towards owning as much personal data for exploitation towards the highest bidder.

9. Subie

Posts: 2395; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

How do you think Facebook is able to draw in advertisers in order to make money. User data leads to targeted user advertising. That's where the money is. I'd be more upsetting if Facebook charged a high user fee and then pulled this under the table. But since there services are "free"... people that like Facebook can stop complaining or just delete their account. The bottom line is that Facebook had to make money off their "free" service somehow and selling data to advertisers was/is the best way.

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Facebook is a cancer. Get rid of this s**t.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

'From a high of $185.09 on March 16th, Facebook's shares closed at $159.39 this past Friday. That is a one-week decline of 13.9% which erased over $5 billion from Zuckerberg's net worth.' Google and apple declined 10% in the same timeframe. What did they do?

12. Alan01

Posts: 627; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Guilt by association. Actually, it was a poor week on Wall Street unless you're short, own puts, or sold calls. Regards, Alan Friedman

24. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Not cool, my 401K is invested in tech... sigh...

13. micmic9999

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

#deletefacebook

16. Elvis358

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Yup finally everything is coming to light. But I guess Facebook is not the only one who should come to light. There are more networks who are still stealing our data. Ughh i don't like when I can't delete mine Facebook app because it's pr-installed app i can only deactivate it.

17. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

You may want to flush that phone in the toilet ASAP. If it came PRE-INSTALLED WITH FACEBOOK then you better believe that it's mining your personal information, 24/7. Rooting isn't all that difficult, BTW. Although I'd prefer a custom ROM running Pure Android. Oh well...

19. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I'm not deleting my Facebook. I disliked any media I'm not using in Facebook. Removed apps also I'm not using anymore. Revoked some app permissions especially Phone and Contacts and the SMS feature in Messenger. I'm now more cautious in ads.

20. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

now comes phone and sms data lolz !!!

21. androiduser

Posts: 512; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

"We sorry for getting caught, next time we will try to do it without getting caught"

22. tokuzumi

Posts: 1930; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

"We're sorry we got caught"

23. TechnoTechyes

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 24, 2011

The goal is to get all your friends to delete facebook. Apparently, Facebook grabbed all the contact data off of people's phones, even contact data from people that don't do Facebook.

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