Facebook Reveals Their First Major Change to their Terms of Service

The Facebook executives wrote that "we will never sell your information to anyone" and impose "strict restrictions on how our partners can use and disclose data".

Basically, if you've ever used Facebook for any length of time and have any interest in keeping your account active, read these two documents.

Facebook, meanwhile, is now running a full-court press after a shaky start: having Zuckerberg interview with numerous outlets, as well as taking steps to reign in the personal data made available to third-party developers.

It's far from certain what action, if any, the GOP-led Congress and the Trump administration might take against Facebook, but the company will nearly certainly oppose any efforts to regulate it or the technology business sector more broadly. "It's why we don't want them on Facebook", Facebook's Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said in a statement.

In response to the press call, Cambridge Analytica has taken to Twitter to publish a statement on the matter.

That number, more than double the population of California, is significantly higher than the initial figure of 50 million as estimated by former Cambridge Analytica employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie.

The company will pay close attention a new law that will go affect next month in the European Union.

When you choose to use third-party apps, websites, or other services that use, or are integrated with, our Products, they can receive information about what you post or share. In acknowledging the realities of the Facebook environment, the founder described his creation as "an idealistic and optimistic company" that "didn't focus enough on preventing abuse".

Among the latest changes: Facebook is restricting access that apps can get about users' events, as well as information about groups such as member lists and content. Facebook's other major chat app, WhatsApp, encrypts both ends of its users' communications, so that not even WhatsApp can see it - a fact that's made it more secure for users, and more hard for lawmakers wanting information in investigations. Facebook says most of the affected users are in the U.S.

The committee is the first of three congressional panels that requested Mr Zuckerberg's evidence to announce a hearing date. Needless to say, few Facebook users have ever thought about this particular misuse of information. It also caused some soul-searching on the part of the company.

The groups, Demand Progress, CREDO Action, and Daily Kos, noted that almost three weeks into the media firestorm surrounding Facebook and Cambridge Analytica - and three years after Facebook learned of the situation - no users have been notified if their personal data was affected. The company also came under the scrutiny of Congress once more and that pressure, which came from subcommittees in both the House and Senate and from both political parties, appears to have paid off.

Zuckerberg said he regretted dismissing the notion that fake news could do harm as "crazy" shortly after Trump's historic win.

  • Carolyn Briggs