Cambridge Analytica row: Using Facebook now 'creepy' for some

On April 4th, Facebook revered that Cambridge Analytica harvested data of 87m users - 37m more than initially announced.

- Facebook is also making sure it's more transparent with its users and will provide more information on the features it has introduced such as Marketplace, starting fundraisers or sharing 360 videos.

The company confirmed the practice after an interview published earlier this week with Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg raised questions about Messenger's practices and privacy. The new policies also uses language that is easier to understand. She's a tech columnist for Bloomberg. "Can we run an ads business where we serve targeted ads in the way that protects people privacy?"

Starting today, all future access to the Pages API will need to be approved by Facebook. "What I think people should hold us accountable for is if we are learning from our mistakes".

Some people reacted with concern on Twitter: Was Facebook reading messages more generally? When asked if the company's board of directors has akked him to step down in the wake of the data scandal, Zuckerberg said: "Not that I am aware of".

He said that the estimate was calculated by adding up all the friends of the people who had logged into the Facebook app from which Cambridge Analytica collected profile data. "I don't think there's been any meaningful impact that we've observed".

OVIDE: I agree. That's a big concern of mine as well that - look, in a sense, Facebook is giving itself more responsibility and more power.

"Yes. We're going to tell anyone whose data may have been shared", he replied.

KELLY: And you said two big changes.

Zuckerberg will testify about the matter next Tuesday and Wednesday during two USA congressional hearings. So it's turning it off.

The first was the capability that allows Facebook users to bulk-remove third-party apps and deletion of all the posts these apps might have posted in the name of the users. How significant are these changes?

Facebook is still trying to fix its image after a disastrous March thanks to privacy concerns. It is putting some locks on what outsiders can do, and that's good. Facebook purportedly has more than 2 billion active monthly users.

KELLY: Well, so then how reassured should we be by these changes?

"We were given assurances by them years ago that they deleted the data". It said it did not use the data from scanned messages for advertising, but that its automated tools checked images and links for things like child exploitation imagery, viruses or malware.

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