For weeks, Facebook has been struggling with the consequences of a third-party application that leaked 87 million Facebook profiles to the Cambridge Analytica campaign firm, but speaking today with a House committee, Zuckerberg revealed a new personal connection to the violation. Apparently, Zuckerberg himself was one of the many Facebook profiles compiled through the application.
The revelation came as part of a series of "yes or no" questions from Representative Anna Eschoo (D-CA), who encouraged Facebook to take a more serious approach to data privacy. "Were your data included in the data sold to malicious third parties?" Eshoo asked. "Your personal information?"
"Yes," Zuckerberg replied.
It is not clear if Zuckerberg installed the application "thisisyourdigitallife" or if his data was collected through one of his friends. However, the result is a personal connection to the scandal that has raised new concerns about the Facebook platform. Facebook started sending notifications to users this week if their profiles were included in the leak. The information is also available through a dedicated help page.