Facebook today revealed that up to 87 million users, most of them in the US. UU., They may have obtained and improperly used your information from Cambridge Analytica data analysis company. The revelation indicates that almost twice as many Facebook users may have been directly affected by the current data privacy scandal resulting from the unauthorized sale of user data from the social network to the third-party company, which was hired by the Trump campaign to help with the ads targeting election. Initial reports from The New York Times and The Guardian put the number at up to 50 million users.
Facebook revealed the information at the bottom of a blog post written by technology chief Mike Schroepfer, who is among the company's top executives behind CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. The publication describes plans to restrict the use of its many application programming interfaces, or APIs, that allow developers to connect to the service and extract user data from it. The changes are radical, and come as part of Facebook's effort over the past two weeks to repair its image with politicians and the public, to calm critics who condemn the company's privacy record and to crack down on its use. undue of your platform by third parties. Party companies and foreign governments.
As of today, Facebook says that it will no longer allow developers to use the events API to access the guest list or the event of a concert, meeting or event similarly programmed on Facebook. "Only applications that approve that accept strict requirements can use the event API," writes Schroepfer. Facebook also requires third-party application developers who use the Groups API to obtain approval from Facebook and a group administrator "to ensure that they benefit the group" with any product or service that accesses the group list and data from its members. "Applications will no longer be able to access the list of members of a group, and we are also deleting personal information, such as names and profile pictures, attached to publications or comments to which approved applications can access," Schroepfer writes.
Facebook is also limiting the use of the Pages API by requiring that all future accesses to the entire access layer be approved by the company. Before the change, any application could use the Pages API to read posts or comments from any public Facebook page. Facebook is also based on its restrictions on Facebook Login, initially announced two weeks ago immediately after the Cambridge Analytica revelations.
Beyond cutting off access to the application after a period of user inactivity of three months, Facebook no longer allows applications to request personal data such as religious opinions, political affiliation, relationship status, personalized list of friends, education and history of work, and physical activity. read books, listen to music, read news, watch videos and play games. "In the next week, we will eliminate the ability of a developer to request data shared by people if they do not seem to have used the application in the last three months," writes Schroepfer, who clarifies when the previous policy change will take effect. company.