Facebook starts notifying millions of users that their data was ‘improperly obtained’

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Facebook began to notify millions of users who were affected by the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal. Around 87 million Facebook users obtained and used their information incorrectly, and Facebook took almost three years to notify users about the privacy issues that were first discovered in 2015.
Facebook now shows a link at the top of News Feed today, signaling users to remove applications they no longer need. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that "the notification will be extended in the course of today." If your data was obtained incorrectly, Facebook will share a link "how is affected" and explain that a website can have a Facebook friend used was able to steal Facebook information and share it with Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook privacy notification. Image: Facebook

Facebook is implementing some major platform changes to prevent this scandal from happening again in the future. The company is looking for a "suspicious activity" on the part of the developers to audit them completely after they made similar changes in 2014 to prevent data from being obtained incorrectly. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will now testify before Congress this week to answer questions about the use of his company and the protection of user data.

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