Mark Zuckerberg has released a statement addressing Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica Scandal. If you haven’t been following the story, the controversy began Sunday night when it was revealed tech firm Cambridge Analytica took the information of 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge and then used the data to allegedly target them with content intended to influence the 2016 U.S. election.
“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” Zuckerberg wrote. He then outlined the timeline of events, explaining that Facebook knew about the data misuse in 2015, but the company believed that Cambridge Analytica had deleted the information.
“This was a breach of trust between Kogan, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. But it was also a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it,” the statement reads. “We need to fix that.”
Zuckerberg’s statement explains the steps Facebook is taking to stop data misuse, which includes doing an audit of all suspicious apps, updating its privacy settings with app developers and informing every Facebook user whose data may have been misused — including those affected by Cambridge Analytica.
Zuckerberg also sat down with CNN and did a Q&A with The New York Times to further discuss the scandal.
Read Zuckerberg’s full statement below. What do you think about his apology? Do you still trust Facebook? Let us know in the comments below.
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