Facebook Admits Over 87 Million People's Data Was Shared Improperly

Just a few short days before CEO Mark Zuckerberg does the 'perp' walk to Washington to testify to Congress, Facebook says the information of up to 87 million people, mostly in the U.S. may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, considerably more than the originally discussed 50 million.

As AP reports, this coming Monday, all Facebook users will receive a notice on their Facebook feeds with a link to see what apps they use and what information they have shared with those apps.

They'll have a chance to delete apps they no longer want.

Users who had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will be told of that within that notice.

Facebook says most of the affected users are in the U.S..

Facebook confirmed that apps accessing events or groups APIs will lose access today and will have to be individually re-approved each time they attempt to access information like check-ins, photos, likes, posts, and videos.

Furthermore, Facebook will no longer allow apps to ask for access to personal information like religion or political bias.

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Full Statement below:

Two weeks ago we promised to take a hard look at the information apps can use when you connect them to Facebook as well as other data practices. Today, we want to update you on the changes we’re making to better protect your Facebook information. We expect to make more changes over the coming months — and will keep you updated on our progress. Here are the details of the nine most important changes we are making.

Events API: Until today, people could grant an app permission to get information about events they host or attend, including private events. This made it easy to add Facebook Events to calendar, ticketing or other apps. But Facebook Events have information about other people’s attendance as well as posts on the event wall, so it’s important that we ensure apps use their access appropriately. Starting today, apps using the API will no longer be able to access the guest list or posts on the event wall. And in the future, only apps we approve that agree to strict requirements will be allowed to use the Events API.

Groups API: Currently apps need the permission of a group admin or member to access group content for closed groups, and the permission of an admin for secret groups. These apps help admins do things like easily post and respond to content in their groups. However, there is information about people and conversations in groups that we want to make sure is better protected. Going forward, all third-party apps using the Groups API will need approval from Facebook and an admin to ensure they benefit the group. Apps will no longer be able to access the member list of a group. And we’re also removing personal information, such as names and profile photos, attached to posts or comments that approved apps can access.

Pages API: Until today, any app could use the Pages API to read posts or comments from any Page. This let developers create tools for Page owners to help them do things like schedule posts and reply to comments or messages. But it also let apps access more data than necessary. We want to make sure Page information is only available to apps providing useful services to our community. So starting today, all future access to the Pages API will need to be approved by Facebook.

Facebook Login: Two weeks ago we announced important changes to Facebook Login. Starting today, Facebook will need to approve all apps that request access to information such as check-ins, likes, photos, posts, videos, events and groups. We started approving these permissions in 2014, but now we’re tightening our review process — requiring these apps to agree to strict requirements before they can access this data. We will also no longer allow apps to ask for access to personal information such as religious or political views, relationship status and details, custom friends lists, education and work history, fitness activity, book reading activity, music listening activity, news reading, video watch activity, and games activity. In the next week, we will remove a developer’s ability to request data people shared with them if it appears they have not used the app in the last 3 months.

Instagram Platform API: We’re making the recently announced deprecation of the Instagram Platform API effective today. You can find more information here.

Search and Account Recovery: Until today, people could enter another person’s phone number or email address into Facebook search to help find them. This has been especially useful for finding your friends in languages which take more effort to type out a full name, or where many people have the same name. In Bangladesh, for example, this feature makes up 7% of all searches. However, malicious actors have also abused these features to scrape public profile information by submitting phone numbers or email addresses they already have through search and account recovery. Given the scale and sophistication of the activity we’ve seen, we believe most people on Facebook could have had their public profile scraped in this way. So we have now disabled this feature. We’re also making changes to account recovery to reduce the risk of scraping as well.

Call and Text History: Call and text history is part of an opt-in feature for people using Messenger or Facebook Lite on Android. This means we can surface the people you most frequently connect with at the top of your contact list. We’ve reviewed this feature to confirm that Facebook does not collect the content of messages — and will delete all logs older than one year. In the future, the client will only upload to our servers the information needed to offer this feature — not broader data such as the time of calls.

Data Providers and Partner Categories: Last week we announced our plans to shut down Partner Categories, a product that lets third-party data providers offer their targeting directly on Facebook.

App Controls: Finally, starting on Monday, April 9, we’ll show people a link at the top of their News Feed so they can see what apps they use — and the information they have shared with those apps. People will also be able to remove apps that they no longer want. As part of this process we will also tell people if their information may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.

In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people — mostly in the US — may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.

Overall, we believe these changes will better protect people’s information while still enabling developers to create useful experiences. We know we have more work to do — and we’ll keep you updated as we make more changes.

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There goes access and Facebook's profit margins.


Adolph.H. Wed, 04/04/2018 - 14:44 Permalink

Do they really think we don't know they shared all of their data? 

We're going to build a monument to Zuckerberg. That will be a sort of tower with a blade at the top. He will just have to put his head through the hole at the bottom for the inauguration. 

GUS100CORRINA BLOTTO Wed, 04/04/2018 - 15:42 Permalink

Facebook Admits Over 87 Million People's Data Was Shared Improperly

My response: Now that's a number that could form the basis of one HELL of a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT.

Too late now FB, the COWS are out of the BARN and running free!!!


2. Move internet fringe operators like FB, TWITTER, GOOGLE with YOUTUBE, and  AMAZON under control of the FTC!

Going forward, WE THE PEOPLE need to vote every single DEMOCRAT and RINO out of office in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.

Choose wisely America for the days are EVIL.

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Deep Snorkeler Mr Hankey Wed, 04/04/2018 - 14:51 Permalink

You are under continuous Orwellian surveillance

Your actions, speech, writings are recorded and analyzed.

Your pre-thoughts are monitored and an emotion detector utilized.

Periods of brain inactivity are quickly filled with pre-fabricated delusions.

You are being manipulated, guided and your perception has been

reduced to a pinhole. You are an American.

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Jon_Locke Wed, 04/04/2018 - 14:47 Permalink

These people put their information on A public Social Platform. Now they want to complain about it. Analytica broke no law. Everybody is just pissed they lost the election and even now looking to place blame. Obama and crew BRAGGED how they used this very information for 2012. Not to mention Zucker practically lived at the White house leading up to the 2012 election.

Endgame Napoleon Jon_Locke Wed, 04/04/2018 - 15:16 Permalink

Starting with Howard Dean’s online fundraising, and ramping up during Obama’s first and second runs, it was boasted about in this manner:

These kids who bagged the Obama victory for him through their online activity are soooo technologically adept. 

(Never mind that it was the ground game in Iowa that launched him, and never mind that—although Obama had a better youth turnout than other candidates—the youth turnout was still low, compared to the turnout from older, presumably less tech-obsessed generations of likely voters.)

The internet has revolutionized the way campaigns are run, and due to these young smartphone geniuses, elections will never be the same. All salute social media and the new form of political discourse, ushered in by an enlightened generation that was raised with a smartphone in their hands!

(...insert references to Twitter & FaceBook from CNN anchors, making sure that you knew they were tech-savvy, even back in the Obama campaign days. Check out so-in-so anchor’s FB page to vote on how you liked this pro-Obama segment.) 


Now, they are trying to act like this is something new.

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Robot Traders Mom Wed, 04/04/2018 - 14:47 Permalink

At the end of the day, this is some sort of psyop, but not sure what exactly. 


For years, the government has been recording everything you've done, every place you've gone, and every time you've been in front of a camera (phone, computer, etc), so them sharing data about your magical crops on Farmville is the least of your concerns. Get off Facebook because it's a fucking waste of your time and it will make you dumber.