Facebook's Sandberg says other cases of data misuse possible

Last month a former Cambridge Analytica (CA) employee, Chris Wylie, told a United Kingdom parliamentary committee that the London-based company, deeply embedded in the ongoing data mining scandal, had potentially shared some of its Facebook harvested data with the Canadian AggregateIQ consultancy, which is accused of targeting social media users for political campaigns - including during the 2016 USA election and the UK's Brexit campaign.

After remaining silent in the early days of the Cambridge Analytica crisis, the company sent founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to apologize and promise to make changes in its first round of statements.

According to the CNBC report, the man behind Facebook's attempted hook-up with users' medical data was Dr Freddy Abnousi, an interventional cardiologist, who describes himself on LinkedIn as "leading confidential projects at Facebook". "Was it greed? Was it incompetence?"

"What we weren't focused enough on, was protecting", Sandberg contended.

Sandberg said that starting Monday, the social network will put on top ot its news feed "a place where you can see all the apps you've shared your data with and a really easy way to delete them".

Facebook, the world's largest social media company, is in the middle of a reputational crisis and faces questions from lawmakers and regulatory agencies after the political research firm Cambridge Analytica collected information on as many as 87 million people without their permission.

"We made mistakes and I own them and they are on me".

"So why didn't you?"

Investigators on two congressional panels are looking into whether Russian Federation acquired the data of millions of Facebook users and if companies with ties to then-2016 Republican election candidate Donald Trump's campaign played any role in providing it, three sources familiar with the inquiries said.

"I'm really sorry for that", Sandberg said.

The site does not sell or give away user information to advertisers, but "our service depends on your data", Sandberg told NBC.

Sandberg was asked by the "Today Show" if other cases of misuse of user data could be expected. She said in the NBC interview that the investigation continues into what went wrong.

"We did not think enough about the abuse cases and now we're taking really firm steps across the board".

"We announced two earnings calls ago that we were going to make much bigger investments in safety and security".

Furthermore, as you have probably guessed, the issue of how Facebook or the hospitals would receive consent from patients appears to have been entirely brushed under the carpet. "So what we're doing is we're working with third-party fact-checkers, everyone from The AP to The Weekly Standard".



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