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Facebook's Zuckerberg says his data was harvested

Facebook's Zuckerberg says his data was harvested

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Facebook's chief executive has revealed that his data was among that harvested in a privacy scandal.Mark Zuckerberg made the disclosure during his second day of being questioned in Washington.In a related development, the political consultancy at the heart of the affair has announced its acting chief executive is stepping down.He also revealed that his firm was exploring whether to take action against the University of Cambridge.The institution is where the researcher Aleksandr Kogan, who had collected and sold personal data to Cambridge Analytica, was based."What we found now is that there's a whole programme associated with Cambridge University where... there were a number of other researchers building similar apps," Mr Zuckerberg said."So, we do need to understand whether there was some...
Zuckerberg: Facebook is in 'arms race' with Russia

Zuckerberg: Facebook is in 'arms race' with Russia

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has told US senators his company is in a constant battle with Russian operators seeking to exploit the social network."This is an arms race. They're going to keep getting better," he said.Mr Zuckerberg was answering questions in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data collection scandal.He also revealed Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, had interviewed Facebook staff.Skip Twitter post by @awzurcherZuckerberg says that Facebook has been served with subpoenas by special counsel Mueller's office - but then backs off and says that Facebook is "working with them", including meetings.— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) April 10, 2018End of Twitter post by @awzurch
Facebook: Cambridge Analytica data had private messages

Facebook: Cambridge Analytica data had private messages

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Facebook has confirmed that private messages were included in data involved in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.The social network said that about 0.5% of the 305,000 people who installed a personal data-harvesting app had given permission for it to access their Facebook inboxes.However, many more would have been affected as the haul would have included conversations with others. It is not clear whether the messages were given to Cambridge Analytica.The political consultancy has yet to comment on the latest development. "Prior to 2015, Facebook's platform policy allowed developers to request permission to access inbox content but only if the person explicitly gave consent for this to happen," a spokeswoman for the US tech firm told the BBC."According to our records, only a very small number...
Despacito YouTube music video hacked plus other Vevo clips

Despacito YouTube music video hacked plus other Vevo clips

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YouTube's music video for the hit song Despacito, which has had over five billion views, has been hacked.More than a dozen other artists, including Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake and Taylor Swift are also affected. The original clips had been posted by Vevo.The Despacito video has been removed, but its cover image had shown a group wearing masks and pointing guns.The hackers, calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi'sh, had written "Free Palestine" underneath the videos.Several of the clips remain live at time of writing. Of those, the actual video content itself appears to be unaltered. Many titles have been changed to include the names of the hackers, but only some feature the replaced cover image.Both YouTube and the music video hosting service Vevo have been contacted for comment.A Twitter ac...
Facebook: Cambridge Analytica warning sent to users

Facebook: Cambridge Analytica warning sent to users

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Facebook members can discover whether they are among the 87 million potential users whose data was shared with Cambridge Analytica.Every account holder is being sent one of two notices informing them whether their data was breached.The tech giant said people will also be shown what apps they use and what data those apps may have gathered.Facebook has additionally suspended a data analytics firm called Cubeyou, ahead of an investigation.The tech giant will look into into whether Cubeyou collected data for academic purposes and then used it commercially, following a partnership with Cambridge University in the UK.The investigation follows allegations reported by CNBC, regarding a personality quiz called "You Are What You Like", also known as "Apply Magic Sauce".Cubeyou denies the allegations...