As Facebook has been hit by yet another scandal, Mark Zuckerberg, the 33 year old CEO of the multi-billion dollar company has said, “I’m really sorry that this happened.”
So what is Zuckerberg really sorry about? Well, this weekend, there was an information leak that claims that Cambridge Analytica, which is a data firm with ties to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, had accessed info from 50 million Facebokok users without their knowledge. In addition, it is reported that the company might have even kept that data even after Facebook told them to delete it.
The latest scandal really questions how Facebook handles their user data and privacy. Zuckerberg quickly addressed this issue in a Facebook post, writing that the company has made “mistakes” and outlined how they have changed their2 policies to make sure that user data is protected.
“I wish we’d taken those steps earlier,” Zuckerberg told. “That … is probably the biggest mistake that we made here.”
Additionally, Zuckerberg said that Facebook is planning to get in contact with everyone everyone whose data was accessed by Cambridge Analytica.
“I started this when I was so young and inexperienced,” Mark Zuckerberg said. “I made technical errors and business errors. I hired the wrong people. I trusted the wrong people,” he said.
Aleksandr Kogan, who was the data scientist that passed data along to SCL Group and its affiliate Cambridge Analytica, had created a Facebook app, which drew data from users in 2013. At this time, he was allowed access to a broad range of data, but even though Kogan’s data was properly obtained, he had actually breached Facebook’s policy when he shared that information with a third party.
After Facebook found out about that breach, they asked Cambridge Analytica to destroy the data, who claimed that they did. However, Christopher Wylie, a former employee says that Cambridge Analytica never destroyed the user data.
As the story further unfolds, there will be more details released, but as of right now, it looks like Facebook and Zuckerberg have lost a lot of trust from their users, most of whom are contemplating shutting down their profiles on the popular social media site altogether.