How to check if your Facebook info. was sold to Cambridge Analytica

US Sen. Ed Markey
How to check if your Facebook info. was sold to Cambridge Analytica
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10 April, 2018

After resisting previous calls to testify, Zuckerberg agreed to come to Capitol Hill this month after reports surfaced - and the company confirmed - that Cambridge Analytica had gathered Facebook users' data. - Backing "Honest Ads" - On Friday, Facebook sought to quell some concerns over political manipulation of its platform by announcing support for the "Honest Ads Act" that requires election ad buyers to be identified, and to go further with verification of sponsors of ads on key public policy issues. On Monday, the Energy and Commerce Committee published Mark Zuckerberg's prepared remarks, ahead of his appearance before the committee on Wednesday.

Last week, Zuckerberg admitted making a "huge mistake" as personal data of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, a figure higher than the previous estimate of 50 million.

Zuckerberg will testify before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees on Tuesday and before the House panel on Wednesday.

Facebook said it would begin notifying users Monday if their data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, although it appears to be taking its time.

"It's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm ..." Eastern Time (ET). The following day, Zuckerberg is set to be grilled by members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee at 10 a.m. ET.

You might notice something different about your Facebook feed today.

Facebook has said that as many as 146 million people may have received information from a Russian agency that's accused of orchestrating much of the cyber meddling in the election.

Although Facebook's proactive move to show users whether or not their data was stolen is useful, it seems like just the tip of the iceberg.

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A Facebook official confirmed that the company had hired a team from the law firm WilmerHale and outside consultants to help prepare Zuckerberg for his testimony and how lawmakers may question him.

Nelson said he has asked the Congressional leadership to to haul Cambridge Analytica in to answer questions at a separate hearing. Though it only takes one Facebook user to expose their friends' data, users have since been encouraged to change their privacy and advertisement settings.

Facebook faces a mushrooming crisis of confidence among users, advertisers, employees and investors after acknowledging that up to 87 million people, mostly in the United States, had their personal information harvested from the site by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump among its clients.

Lawmakers are also expected to press Zuckerberg closely on the 2016 election, which he anticipated in his written testimony.

The Silicon Valley firm also deleted a feature that allowed people to search for users' profiles based on their e-mail addresses and phone numbers, which Mr. Zuckerberg said had been abused by "malicious actors" to collect information about many Facebook users.

According to CNBC, CubeYou labeled its quizzes "for non-profit academic research" then shared user information with marketers. Jo-Ellen Pozner said make no mistake.

"Facebook will not have any right to review or approve their research findings prior to publication", the company said in a blog post.

To make matters worse, there has been a steady drip of damaging revelations about the company in the days leading up to Zuckerberg's testimony.


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