Growing government scrutiny is facing Facebook Inc., in Europe and the United States regarding a whistleblower’s allegations that political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed user information to build profiles on American voters which were later used to help elect U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016.
“We made mistakes,” Mark Zuckerberg stated today after the Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted last weekend.
Chief Executive of Facebook Inc., Zuckerberg, made his first public statement two hours ago sharing an update on the Cambridge Analytica situation where he included the steps that Facebook have already taken handling on data belonging to 50 million of the world’s largest social media network users.
Zuckerberg did not elaborate on what the mistakes were, but he wrote the social network plans to conduct an investigation of apps on its platform, restrict developer access to data, and give members a tool that lets them more easily disable access to their Facebook data.
There was no explicit apology for the improper use of data, and his plans did not represent a big reduction of advertisers’ ability to use Facebook data, which is the company’s lifeblood.
“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you. I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again.” wrote on his statement the Facebook Inc. founder and its Chief Executive concluding the paragraph with the promise: “…there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.”