Facebook's Zuckerberg on Cambridge Analytica: "We made mistakes"



Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally broke his silence following word that a firm linked to the 2016 Trump campaign was able to target 50 million Facebook users by gaining access to their profiles without permission. The company, Cambridge Analytica, reportedly received the data from a Russian-American Cambridge University professor (Aleksandr Kogan) who was able to obtain it by falsely promising that he would use the data for research only. The CEO of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, was suspended by the firm after being captured by a hidden camera telling undercover reporters how he can damage the reputation of politicians using dirty tricks. He also claimed to have been responsible for Trump's upset victory in the U.S. presidential election of 2016.

Today, Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook made mistakes. He introduced a three point plan to make sure that Facebook will no longer play fast and loose with subscriber's personal data. Step one is the launch of an investigation that will take a hard look at all apps with access to user data before Facebook tightened up such access in 2014. Secondly, apps will now be restricted to obtaining a person's name, email address, and profile picture only. Lastly, Facebook will push out a tool that will allow users to see which apps can access their data. The subscriber will be able to pull that access and prevent any app that he/she selects, from retrieving personal information.


Facebook is now being investigated by the FTC for a possible violation of a 2011 Consent Decree signed by the social networking site. The Decree stated that Facebook users had to give permission before having their personal data used in any way. Facebook reportedly had discovered that the data was being used by Cambridge Analytica back in 2015 and did not notify subscribers.

source: NBCNews

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28 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2354; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I'm glad I don't have a Facebook account. But good for Mark Zuckerberg for at least owning up to mistakes made.

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

This is not owning up to your mistakes, this is damage control. Nothing more, nothing less.

13. Subie

Posts: 2354; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

No doubt, there's always going to be damage control. But by definition of the term "owning up" and what Mark is quoted as saying, - my assessment is correct.

23. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Mistake was making a s**tty thing called FaceBook in the first place. All this drama is political bs. But the harm FB does to the world on a daily basis is incredibly immense. Once you give an open platform to express your views in a too easy way, you cannot just thought police people after the fact.

28. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

I hope you're joking. Zuck is ONLY sorry for GETTING CAUGHT. Scumbag company ran by scumbags.

2. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

I am so confused. When Obama used data from Facebook to win it was considered a brilliant strategy. But when the orange face baboon used it there is a problem. And people wonder why I despise both parties.

3. emvxl

Posts: 140; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Wait, where did you read Obama used data from Facebook to win? Curious.

4. antroid

Posts: 386; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

5. Subie

Posts: 2354; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yup, I was going to post that one too. In the article their are some slight differences mentioned to user agreements, but other then that... It was an interesting read!

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The difference is that Obama's team didn't obtain the data from Facebook in a fraudulent way nor did they pay people to use the app. Both usage of FB I would call crossing a line though. But this one is even worse since fraud came into the picture.

20. emvxl

Posts: 140; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Thanks for the article. I read about it awhile back (but not this article) and this article mentions this: The only difference, as far as we can discern, between the two campaigns' use of Facebook, is that in the case of Obama the users themselves agreed to share their data with the Obama campaign, as well as that of their friends. The users that downloaded the Cambridge app, meanwhile, were only told that the information would be used for academic purposes. Nor was the data to be used for anything other than academic purposes.

25. AxelFoley unregistered

There was no Cambridge Analytica app. A Professor named Alexandr Kogan got user data from his app for a personality test for acdemic research. He then sold all of that user data to Cambridge Analytica.

6. nerdmb

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 11, 2017

Trump was elected by American people who support him. When would you finally stop this nonsense of being unable to accept your loss and failure democrats fu**in bama people...

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, you're just butthurt because Obama never had the FBI breathing down his neck for obstruction of justice, and working with an enemy of our nation to get him elected, and countless crimes committed by his organization.

11. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

You got anything that isn't fantasy lib conspiracy theories? You know who used the FBI to illegally wiretap a candidate from the opposing party? Countless crimes committed by an organization... are you talking about the Clinton Foundation?

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So what you're saying is that when you are incapable of arguing a point, you simply make things up?

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So get this, Trump tweeted that he fired Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI. That made a lot of news because he had also gone on record saying that he said he hoped that Comey would drop the investigation into Flynn, meaning that he was aware of Flynn's guilt, but tried to stop an investigation into him anyways, thus was an act of obstruction of justice, even more so after Comey refused to drop the investigation. THEN Trump's lawyer said that he was the one that got on the president's Twitter account and posted that message... In addition to this, Trump's lawyer (Who also denies that there was any relationship between Trump and Stormy Daniels), paid Stormy Danniels $130,000 for no apparent reason and denies that anyone had ever reimbursed him for the payment in any way shape or form... With that being said, how stupid would you (or anyone else for that matter) have to be to actually believe that nonsense? How stupid would you (Or anyone else for that matter) have to be to believe that Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner discussed Russian adoption at that Trump tower meeting that was scheduled under the notion that they would be discussing political attacks on Hillary Clinton, and coincidentally shortly after Trump actually asked Russia on national TV to hack her emails, which they did...

12. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I didn't read all that... but I'm just going to assume you are mad about Hillary getting chucked in a van like a side of beef.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm assuming that it's probably because you have difficulty reading as Trump supporters are typically poorly educated. But I see that it's not possible to argue with someone who is unwilling to even attempt to broaden their perspective.

17. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Never like Facebook at all I only have an account only for one game that saves progress through Facebook account.

18. capo745

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 21, 2018

#zuckerbergdeleteyouraccount for not following Facebook standards.

19. capo745

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 21, 2018

#zuckerbergdeleteyouraccount for not following Facebook standards.

21. Derekjeter

Posts: 1466; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

If you have a face book account, you’re an idiot. He even make fun of all the Facebook users. Calls them dumb f**ks, which they are but still. People will never learn not to trust anyone.

22. micmic9999

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

#deletefacebook

24. Obie-Wan

Posts: 110; Member since: May 24, 2012

Already deleted mine 8 years ago.

26. Xenoniswireless

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 27, 2017

Panzer: all I have to say is word.

27. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

"We made mistakes" More like "we made willing wrongful decisions, and regret getting caught." I never had Facebook, but I considered joining many times just to keep up with certain friends overseas. Never ended up joining do to the fact that the pros never outweighed the cons in my mind. Certainly not gonna start now.

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