Zuckerberg's Full-Page Newspaper Ads on Facebook Data Scandal: 'We Expect There Are Others'
Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg seem increasingly worried about the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica data-scraping scandal, which has put a renewed focus on the terrifying amount of info it has accumulated on its users, and specifically how doling all that information out to third parties for profit is its real business model. The company’s stock has fallen 13 percent, even as it’s launched a PR offensive including a series of rare Zuckerberg interview on CNN and elsewhere.
Still, it’s somewhat surprising to see Facebook begging for forgiveness with full-page ads in major newspapers. That’s what it did on Sunday in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal in the US as well as seven British newspapers, per the Verge.
In what is probably one of the more accurate statements to come from the company, Zuckerberg wrote, “We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we can’t, we don’t deserve it.”
The rest of the statement is a good bit more questionable. Zuckerberg explicitly avoided any mention of the increasingly toxic name “Cambridge Analytica,” focusing instead on the “quiz app built by a university researcher” that they partnered with to gain the information. While he apologized for letting an app run off with the data of (allegedly) 50 million users in the first place, and said that an investigation into every other app that had the same permissions is ongoing, this quote in particular is not very reassuring:
We expect there are others. And when we find them, we will ban them and tell everyone affected.
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