87 million Facebook users affected by Cambridge Analytica; how do you know if you were one of them?

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A new fallout from the Facebook privacy scandal; the company now says 87 million people may have had their information accessed, far more than previously thought.

As CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before Congress, he is taking personal responsibility for the social network’s failure to better safeguard users’ privacy.  “We didn’t take a broad enough view of what our responsibility is.  And, that was a huge mistake.  And, it was my mistake.

Revealing that up to 87 million people, mostly in the US, may have had their information improperly shared with political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica; far more than the 50 million initially suspected.

The Facebook CEO and Founder in a call with reporters admitting it will take time to fix the platform.  Zuckerberg saying, “I wish that I could snap my fingers and, you know, in three months or six months have solved all of these issues.  We need to rethink our relationship with people and our responsibility there across single part of what we do.”

But, also pushing back on criticism Facebook takes information without consent, saying, “The vast majority of the data that Facebook has about you is because you chose to share it”.  

Now Zuckerberg is vowing he’s still the best man for the job while trying to reassure its billions of users it won’t happen again.  “I started this place; I run it.  I’m responsible for what happens here.  I’m going to do the best job helping to run it going forward.” 

Next week, Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Senate and House panels.  On April 10th, he will appear before a joint hearing of Senate committees.  And, he’s also scheduled to appear the next day, on April 11th, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

So, how will Facebook users know if they might be impacted?  Look for a message on the top of your feed.  If you were impacted, you will see one there starting on April 9th. 

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