Published: Mon, March 26, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Mark Zuckerberg takes out full-page newspaper ads to say 'sorry'

Mark Zuckerberg takes out full-page newspaper ads to say 'sorry'

American firm Cambridge Analytica has been accused of illegally harvesting personal data from 50 million Facebook users in order to influence the last United States presidential election and the Brexit referendum.

Referring to Facebook data breach, Mark Zuckerberg said 'I'm sorry we didn't do more at the time.

"I promise to do better for you", Zuckerberg wrote.

Among the newspapers with the ads were The New York Times and The Washington Post in the US and The Sunday Times and The Sunday Telegraph in the United Kingdom. "If we can't we don't deserve it", the back page ads state.

Claims that the data acquired by CA may have been used as part of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign sparked an global backlash against Facebook when they emerged last week.

Whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who worked at Cambridge Analytica as its Director of Research, said the data was then used to influence the U.S. presidential election and UK Brexit referendum in 2016.

Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday warned against any abuse of social media in elections, following reports that a British consultancy improperly accessed information on millions of Facebook users to target U.S. voters.India is due to hold a national election in 2019 and several states will elect new assemblies this year and next.

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"And we have a responsibility to do this, not only for the 2018 midterms in the USA, which are going to be a huge deal this year and that's just a huge focus for us but there's a big election in India this year, there's a big election in Brazil, there are big elections around the world, and you can bet that we are really committed to doing everything that we need to make sure that the integrity of those elections on Facebook is secured". "Now we're limiting the data apps get when you sign into Facebook".

Mark Zuckerberg said he expects there are other companies alongside Cambridge Analytica which may have abused their access to large amounts of Facebook user data. "We're now taking steps to make sure this doesn't happen again", the ads said.

"We have a responsibility to protect your information". "And when we find them, we will ban them and tell everyone affected".

Facebook also plans to remind you which apps have your permission to mine your information; this way you can rescind your permission and prevent certain apps from obtaining your information.

"Thank you for believing in this community".

"I would say to him: You can fix it".

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