Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

Facebook suspends Canadian firm AggregateIQ over data scandal

Facebook suspends Canadian firm AggregateIQ over data scandal

Facebook has been building a stricter ads policy ever since they identified Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. "AggregateIQ works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where it operates".

"Facebook confirmed to us that the data of overall up to 2.7 million people in the European Union may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica", spokesman Christian Wigand told reporters.

Do you believe that Facebook Messenger was working on this feature and Mark Zuckerberg was essentially a "beta tester" for it?

Facebook on Friday announced new moves it says will help combat foreign interference in USA elections, the New York Times reports.

The scandal has impacted Facebook's stock price as users have either deleted their accounts or called for stricter regulations over how the company can use user data.

Last night, there were reports that Facebook Messages from Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives sent to users were mysteriously gone.

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At least 59,777 South African users were potentially impacted by the Facebook, Cambridge Analityica data breach. It was only until Tech Crunch told Facebook it had proof that it deleted messages that it actually came forward with its plans to launch such a feature.

When asked why Facebook didn't follow up when it found that Cambridge Analytica was abusing user data back in 2016, Sandberg told Guthrie: "You are right we could have done this 2 1/2 years ago".

"Unsend" features aren't new or even that unusual, but what proved unacceptable for regular Facebook users is that so far the majority of the site's members don't have access to them. "People using our secret message feature in the encrypted version of Messenger have the ability to set a timer - and have their messages automatically deleted".

A separate Facebook statement said the changes would help improve transparency and accountability of the network.

Are you looking forward to a feature for unsending Facebook messages? This may take some time. Hence, many users are now calling out Facebook for allegedly breaching its users' trust. "Mark is really sorry for that, and what we're doing now is taking really firm action".

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