Facebook makes changes to protect members; 87 million profiles used by Cambridge Analytica

Facebook makes changes to protect members; 87 million profiles used by Cambridge Analytica
One week before its co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Facebook revealed some more damaging information. It actually turns out that 50 million members did not have their profiles used by Cambridge Analytica without permission. Nope. A blog post written by Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer, mentions near the end of the post that the actual number is 87 million.

The 87 million profiles were supposed to be used for research only by Russian-American researcher Aleksandr Kogan. The data ended up in the hands of political consultant Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by the Trump campaign to determine with surgical precision where money needed to be spent on ads. The results of the 2016 election showed how well Cambridge Analytica's data mining worked. After all, Hillary Clinton received 3 million more popular votes than Donald Trump, but the latter won the Electoral College by 40,000 well-placed votes. Facebook will alert those members whose profiles were used by Cambridge Analytica starting next week.

In his blog post, Schroepfer says that most Facebook users had their profile data scraped by malicious actors who used account recovery and search tools allowing them to find people by phone numbers and email addresses. Information was then collected from their Facebook profiles.


To prevent this from happening again, Facebook will change how account recovery works, and will disable the search tool. It also will limit the amount of data available to third party apps. Last week, Facebook said that it would no longer allow advertisers to use data provided by third parties to target advertising. Next Monday, Facebook users will see an option on top of their News Feeds that will show them which apps have access to their personal information. 

Facebook will now require apps to get approval from Facebook before they can access Groups, Pages and check-ins. Names and profile photos of members in a group are now off limits to apps, as are the guest lists for events. Android users who subscribe to Messenger and Facebook Lite who choose to allow Facebook to keep track of their call and text history will have call logs older than one year automatically deleted. Recently, a number of Android users found that Facebook was keeping track of their calls and text messages for several years.

source: Facebook

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9 Comments

1. pttuts

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

'The results of the 2016 election showed how well Cambridge Analytica's data mining worked. After all, Hillary Clinton received 3 million more popular votes than Donald Trump, but the latter won the Electoral College by 40,000 well-placed votes. Facebook will alert those members whose profiles were used by Cambridge Analytica starting next week.' -- Lol, this is biased journalism. Trump won, because he won, you dont know if it was because of the cambridge analytics, or do you think that hillary campaign didnt use big data? LOL XD!

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6883; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

People are looking for any excuse or reason they can to explain why/how Trump won, and this leak did nothing to sway public opinion during the voting process. Unless it somehow converted 40,000+ liberals into Republicans?

5. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Well something obviously sway those hillary's 3 million votes. I don't know maybe it's Trump's excellent campaign strategies?

9. Gandalfvite

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 05, 2018

Hillary won the election, in a democracy the one with most votes win! In USAs rigged system Cambridge Analytica could target fake news and lies about Hillary to people they knew were undecided, and who were a little racist and therefor easy targets for fearmongering, in the selected states with rigged electoral systems! Without Mercers and Bannons Cambridge Analytica Trump would not be the President today!

2. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Shut up , and tell us how many ppl influented Facebook in H.Clinton's favor, by using the platform. What about Google? MSM? Authorities? $Billions? Scared pathetic losers , stopped by the ppl, not to destroy the civilization. Zuckerberg is in deep sh... and he is in panic! Let's wait his answers to Congress.

4. antroid

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

What could he say already, he did a "honest" mistake and it "won't" happen again. What do you think he will tell them? No matter what they will tell you, they have interest to have your data

6. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I hope Congress will ask him, what Facebook did for Obama and Hillary elections. Not that we don't know. Besides to ask him what is the real reason Facebook was created for. Not that we don't know. Lately , even if Facebook said, ppl can delete the profiles and data, everything was kept on their servers. They said- it was a 'bug'! LOL!!!! More like they need some time to move all the huge data to Bezos' servers, And lastly - ask him who is the real boss of Facebook. Not that we don't know that Zuckerberg is nothing but just a shill puppet .

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Considering there are congressman who own shares in Facebook and considering if not all of them but most of them have benefited from Facebook either from lobbying either from data mining for various elections I am sure FB and Mark will be more than fine.

10. blkatfirstsight

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 05, 2018

Data, analytics and all that other crap aside we have an @$$hole in office and sadly we have to deal with him until he is impeached, resigns or his term is over.

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