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Facebook's Zuckerberg admits mistakes over Cambridge Analytica

Facebook's Zuckerberg admits mistakes over Cambridge Analytica

Business
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted the giant social network "made mistakes" over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a "breach of trust" had occurred between it and its users.The CEO's statement follows allegations that 50 million Facebook users' private information was misused by the political consultancy firm.Mr Zuckerberg pledged to introduce a series of changes.These would make it far harder for apps to "harvest" user information, he said.A breach of trust between app creator Aleksandr Kogan, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook had occurred, Mr Zuckerberg said in a statement on his Facebook page - his first public comments since the scandal broke.But he added it was also a breach of trust "between Facebook and the people who share their data with us".He continued: "We have a re...
Facebook data row: Cambridge Analytica academic a 'scapegoat'

Facebook data row: Cambridge Analytica academic a 'scapegoat'

Technology
An academic who created an app which harvested data from 50 million users says he has been made "a scapegoat" for Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.Dr Aleksandr Kogan completed work for Cambridge Analytica in 2014, but said he had no idea the data would be used for Donald Trump's election campaign. The psychology academic told the BBC he wanted the data so he could model human behaviour through social media.Facebook says Dr Kogan violated the site's policies. The Cambridge University researcher developed a personality survey called This is Your Digital Life. About 270,000 users' data was collected, but the app also collected some public data from users' friends.Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie said that, as a result, the data of about 50 million users was harvested for th...
Ocean plastic could treble in decade

Ocean plastic could treble in decade

Science
The amount of plastic in the ocean is set to treble in a decade unless litter is curbed, a major report has warned.Plastics is just one issue facing the world's seas, along with rising sea levels, warming oceans, and pollution, it says.But the Foresight Future of the Sea Report for the UK government said there are also opportunities to cash in on the "ocean economy".They say this is predicted to double to $ 3 trillion (£2 trillion) by 2030.The report says much more knowledge is needed about the ocean. The authors say the world needs a Mission to "Planet Ocean" to mirror the excitement of voyaging to the moon and Mars.The Foresight reports are written by experts to brief ministers on medium and long-term issues of significance. This one has been signed off by ministers from four different d
Producers apologise over The Crown pay gap

Producers apologise over The Crown pay gap

Entertainment
The Crown stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith have been apologised to by the producers of the hit Netflix show that follows the life of Queen Elizabeth.The producers said in their apology statement that the actors were not privy to the pay of their colleagues.The apology follows the revelation by producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries that former Doctor Who star Smith was paid more for his portrayal of the young Duke of Edinburgh than his leading lady and co-star Foy, who had the title role of the Queen in the series.Ms Mackie has been quoted as saying that would not be the case in the third series, which sees Olivia Colman replace Foy as the Queen.Left Bank Pictures said: "We want to apologise to both Claire Foy and to Matt Smith, brilliant actors and friends, who have found themselves at ...