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Web Foundation responds to Facebook’s statement on Cambridge Analytica

Web Foundation · March 22, 2018

Yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded publicly to the Cambridge Analytica situation, outlining the steps Facebook will take to address the abuse of user data and breach of trust.

Web Foundation President & CEO Adrian Lovett reacts to the plans:

“Following Mark Zuckerberg’s statement and interviews, there are three steps Facebook should take urgently:

1. Publish clear policies for how Facebook will audit their apps, the conditions for suspending apps and their process of notifying users when apps are suspended or their data is compromised.

2. Ensure a fully independent and complete audit of third party apps (past and present), and commit to make the findings public.

3. Prohibit the use of user data for microtargeted political ads. This measure is essential to discourage companies like Cambridge Analytica from abusing the platform to undermine election transparency.”

This statement builds on our call for transparency earlier this week. For updates, follow us on Twitter at @webfoundation and sign up to receive our monthly newsletter.

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  1. Morten Lembke

    March 28, 2018

    Wild westFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s public response to the Cambridge Analytica situation seems superficial and does not address the fundamental problems we now encounter regarding social media providers.The questions asked and topics discussed in the interview were inadequate. Mark Zuckerberg got off easy – Future congress hearings may be more pertinent.How many companies have been allowed to harvest information from Facebook? Was the information free of charge - or was it paid for? Is the sale of data part of Facebook's business plan? and have users agreed to this?Can we, in a modern digital society, accept this kind of behaviour?What is the situation with other social medias like Google, Twitter, Linkedin etc. - and why do we have to login to so many services, using our Facebook or Google account? It appears that social media providers have not been able to define their own boundaries. Regulation has been lenient and not apparently enforced. The new EU privacy regulation due in May, might not be sufficient. Stricter measures are now called for.So until then - Goodbye to all my digital friends - I am now closing my accounts at Facebook, Twitter etc. - I can now only be reached through my good old fashion e-mailRegardsMorten LembkeTelecentre-danmark


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