Zuckerberg vows to act but blames Cambridge Analytica

ZuckerbergFacebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has finally broken his silence over the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and pledged to take action over “rogue apps” which harvest users’ personal data.
But in a move which has been seen as an attempt to put the blame squarely on Cambridge Analytica, Zukerberg did issue an apology yet suggested the company’s only mistake was to rely on CA’s certifications that it had destroyed the data.
He added: “I don’t know about you, but I’m used to when people legally certify that they’re going to do something, that they do it. We need to make sure that we don’t make that mistake ever again.”
Earlier, in a Facebook post, Zuckerberg said the company would implement a series of measures to prevent a similar situation from occurring, including promising to tell users if their data had been misused.
“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” Zuckerberg wrote. “I started Facebook, and at the end of the day I’m responsible for what happens on our platform. I’m serious about doing what it takes to protect our community.”
As well as investigating all Facebook apps that had access to ‘large amounts’ of data before 2014 policy changes came into force, Zuckerberg said the platform would force developers to sign a contract in order to ask for access to user posts and place a tool which easily allows data permissions to be revoked at the top of news feeds.
Zuckerberg added: “While this specific issue involving Cambridge Analytica should no longer happen with new apps today, that doesn’t change what happened in the past. We will learn from this experience to secure our platform further and make our community safer for everyone going forward.”

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