Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying before a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday the leak of data on millions of Facebook users that eventually went to Cambridge Analytica didn’t represent a violation of a settlement agreement the company has with the Federal Trade Commission.
That agreement required the company to get the consent of its users before sharing their data with third parties.
Cambridge Analytica was able to use an app to get data on up to 87 million US Facebook users, even though only 270,000 installed the app.
But Facebook made clear to users at the time that app developers could get data on them if their friends installed an app, Zuckerberg said.
Nobody should have been surprised that a Facebook app was able to get information about them through their friends, Mark Zuckerberg told senators on Tuesday.
And the ability of one particular app — the one that harvested the data ultimately obtained by Cambridge Analytica — to glean that data certainly didn’t violate an agreement the company had with federal regulators, he said.
Zuckerberg said the app was developed in accordance with the way Facebook’s app platform worked at the time. When the company rolled out its app platform in 2007, the company explained to users that when they installed an app they’d be able to share not only their own information, but that of their friends as well, he said.
“We made it very clear this is how it worked,” Zuckerberg said during his testimony at a hearing on Capitol Hill
.. “When (users) signed up for Facebook, they signed up for this as well.”
Zuckerberg noted that Facebook changed its app platform in 2014, restricting current tech news the ability of app developers to harvest data on their users’ Facebook friends. Before then, “the system basically worked as its was designed,” he said. “The issue is that we designed the system in a way that wasn’t good.”
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