Facebook will caution 87 million users, mostly in the U.S, that their data” may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica by apps that they or their friends used “, the company just announced. Facebook CTO Mike Schoepfer tells TechCrunch that Facebook will advise these users with a written notice atop the News Feed with information about what data of theirs might have been attained, and what they should do now. It will also demonstrate its new bulk app permissions removal tool atop the feed.
Schroepfer says that 87 million is the maximum number of users impacted, up from initial reports from the New York Times of 50 million people effected, as Facebook isn’t positive of how many people had their data misused. It likely doesn’t want to low-ball and “re going to have to” revise the number upward afterwards, as it did when it initially reported the Russian election interference ads were insured by 10 million users and later had to admit to congress it was actually 126 million when organic posts were included. Mark Zuckerberg plans to take questions from reporters about the changes during a 1:00 pm Pacific conference call on the subject.
The changes arrive as part of a slew of proclamations in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal including new restrictions on Facebook API employ and the immediate shut down of the old Instagram API that was slated for July, but which started to break developers’ apps this week. Facebook is now undergoing a deep audit of app developers that pulled a lot of data or that seem suspicious, and Schroepfer promises Facebook will induce further disclosures if it discovers any situations similar to the Cambridge Analytica fiasco.
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