Delete Facebook? WhatsApp co-founder tweets ‘It is time. #deletefacebook’

Delete Facebook “It is time,” Acton wrote, adding the hashtag #deletefacebook. Acton, who is worth $6.5 billion, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. WhatsApp declined to comment.

 

Facebook accounts in wake of reports that private data collected from the social media site was misused during the 2016 U.S. election.

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It turns out, Cambridge Analytica misused the user data of as many as 50 million Facebook users via its affiliated behavior research firm Strategic Communication Laboratories, which violated Facebook’s terms of service by acquiring said data from a third-party app and reportedly lying about when that data was deleted and how it was used.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg lost $6 Bn in a single day!
One of the largest breaches yet in user’s accounts on Facebook.

It happened because of a private firm Cambridge Analytica, which hacked the data of 50 million users on its network and manipulated it during the 2016 US Presidential elections.

Facebook ordered Cambridge Analytica to delete all the data, Cambridge Analytica claims it did delete the data according to Facebook’s request. But ‘not all data’ deleted it’s revealed by Facebook today.

This is one of the largest breaches yet in user’s accounts on Facebook. Facebook was aware of this from 2015 when this breached happened but Facebook has not publicly announced it. (For Silicon Valley Business is first….)

Cambridge Analytica is the data firm which helped Donald Trump during elections by running such personalized ads campaigns which influenced voters based on their emotional makeup. They have all the data and they have money, so all win-win. Facebook get the money, they get the victory.

And very interesting, Facebook is saying Cambridge Analytica a gained access to data “in a legitimate way and through the proper channels”, but after that they misused it. (To know how they get access to data comment “yes”).

Maybe after sometime Facebook and Google say they get to access your data after your permission and now some other agencies are misusing it…we can’t do anything now!!

he tweet came after a bruising five-day period for Facebook that has seen regulators swarm and its stock price plunge following concerns over data privacy in the wake of revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of user data.

 

Using the hashtag #DeleteFacebook, many wondered whether long-running concerns over Facebook privacy had reached a boiling point.

WATCH: Which apps have your data through Facebook?

 

University of Toronto assistant professor Alex Hanna, who studies social media delete facebook and data collection, explained that while deleting Facebook is an option, it’s a little more complicated than that.

“It’s an option, it may mitigate the risk that Facebook users would be at, but I know that it’s not really a viable option for many people,” Hanna said, explaining that it has become a “primary source of communication” for people around the world.

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STEP ONE: TURN OFF LOCATION SERVICES :delete facebook

Location data is among the most sensitive data you can grant to a third-party app or service. With location data, companies know where you’re going, where you came from, and can even glean insights from your daily travels like where you live and work and what restaurants and other businesses you frequent. For Facebook, this data is invaluable to advertisers, and it’s also quite the pitfall for users who may not understand or realize when an app has access to this data.

While we don’t know if this type of data was among the trove Cambridge Analytica reportedly had access to, it’s still sensitive data that you should only give out when you think the core service you get in exchange is worth it. For instance, it makes sense to grant Google Maps access to your location, but it makes less sense to allow some shady third-party recommendation service to use the same data.

 

Incidentally, Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014, for $19 billion. Acton continued to be associated with Facebook after the sale, but quit earlier this year to start another company Signal Foundation.

On Monday, Facebook’s shares fell 7 per cent after reports that British firmCambridge Analytica, delete facebook  a consultant for now US President Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign, used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained fromFacebook users to try and influence the elections held in November 2016.

Facebook announced two days ago it has hired a digital forensics firm to investigate the data leak, reported AFP. A Facebook statement said the forensics firm Stroz Friedberg would “conduct a comprehensive audit of Cambridge Analytica,” and that the company had agreed to comply and provide access to its servers and systems.