Facebook Admits Most Of 2 Billion Users May Have Had Personal Data Scraped, New Tweaks Break Tinder
The Facebook privacy scandal continues to get worse. What started as one impropriety with the Cambridge Analytica, a political data analytics company, has peeled the skin back on an even uglier situation. The original scandal was said to have affected approximately 50 million Facebook users and allowed their personal information to be susceptible to being mined. Facebook has revealed that Cambridge Analytica probably had access to data of as many as 87 million users. Now the social network is admitting that “most” of their users could have had their personal data scraped by another privacy failure.
On Wednesday, Facebook revealed that the scraping of personal data of their users is far, far more widespread than they have ever acknowledged. In a blog post, Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer, confessed that “most” of the 2 billion users of the social media giant could have had their data hacked by “malicious actors.” “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,” the blog stated. “So we have now disabled this feature. We’re also making changes to account recovery to reduce the risk of scraping as well.”