Friday, May 24, 2024

87 Million Facebook Users Affected by the Cambridge Analytica Data Breach : New Report

A new report from Facebook revealed that Cambridge Analytica may have gained 37 Million More Facebook Users data along with previous 50 Million affected Facebook users.

Over all 87 Million affected Facebook Users has been identified and most of them in the US but at least 1 million Facebook Users in the UK and More than 1 Million Facebook Users affected in Indonesia, the Philippines alone.

In this case, Facebook CTO Schroepfer noted that beginning April 9, Facebook will make it possible for users to see if their data was exposed to Cambridge Analytica.

The online networking giant Facebook is confronting investigation over its information gathering following charges that the political counseling firm Cambridge Analytica got information on a huge number of Facebook users to attempt to influence elections in the US, India, and Russia Since 2014.

After this incident, Facebook has made some import decision and changes in Facebook products Such as Events API, Groups API, Pages API, Facebook Login, and other Functions.

Since Facebook app control has been severely affected by this improper data share, a new option will be implemented where People will also be able to remove apps that they no longer want.

Facebook said, As part of this process we will also tell people if their information may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.

Hereafter Facebook will no longer allow developers to use the Events API to access the guest list or event wall of a concert, gathering, or similarly scheduled event on Facebook.

Regarding the  Login FB CTO said,” Facebook will need to approve all apps that request access to information such as check-ins, likes, photos, posts, videos, events, and groups. We started approving these permissions in 2014, but now we’re tightening our review process — requiring these apps to agree to strict requirements before they can access this data”

API restriction not the only implementation in facebook but the company is also restricting the Instagram API to disable collection of user follower lists, relationships, and comments on public content.

Regarding the Call and Text History, Facebook reviewed this feature to confirm that Facebook does not collect the content of messages — and will delete all logs older than one year. In the future, the client will only upload to our servers the information needed to offer this feature — not broader data such as the time of calls. Facebook CTO said.


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