Zuckerberg Says Facebook Will Audit Thousands Of Apps After ‘Breach Of Trust’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the Oculus Connect 4 product launch event in San Jose, California, on Oct. 11, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by David Paul Morris.

Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday said Facebook will audit thousands of apps in response to the “breach of trust” created by Cambridge Analytica, the chief executive’s first comments since a crisis erupted Friday over data siphoned by the political marketing firm used by the Trump campaign.

In a post on his personal Facebook page, Zuckerberg said the company would investigate thousands of apps that used large amounts of data at the time. He said Facebook will give users easier access to tools to manage how their data is being used and shared, and will further restrict developers’ access to data to prevent abuse.

“I started Facebook, and at the end of the day I’m responsible for what happens on our platform,” he said. “. . . 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.”

Specifically he said the company will restrict the data that third-party developers can access to names, profile photos and email addresses, and will require developers to sign a contract before being allowed to ask Facebook users for rights to their posts. The company will post a new feature on the top of every Facebook user’s news feed with a list of the apps they have used and an easy way to revoke the app’s access.

(c) 2018, The Washington Post · Elizabeth Dwoskin 




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