After five days, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally responded to the Cambridge Analytica scandal that began to unfold . Naturally, it was done via a Facebook post. Unfortunately for Zuckerberg, many netizens didn't seem too impressed.
"We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you," Zuckerberg said, reacting to the scandal involving the Trump campaign accessing the data of 50 million Facebook users through political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.
Days later, the backlash has continued, with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk realizing that both companies had Facebook pages...but not for long.
Shortly after that tweet,, a move that Musk isn't likely to lament given his opinion of the pages.
Following his initial statement, Zuckerberg quickly became the talk of the internet, was a top trend on Twitter at time of writing. Unfortunately for Facebook, it's not received an entirely positive reaction.
According to Facebook, the data at the core of the scandal was originally collected by a Cambridge lecturer named Aleksandr Kogan for a personality quiz app. He collected the data legitimately, but then violated Facebook's terms by passing the information to Cambridge Analytica.
Facebook discovered the infraction in 2015 but didn't inform the public. Instead, the company demanded that all parties involved destroy the information. But now there are reports that not all the data was deleted. Zuckerberg said Wednesday that Kogan's app was installed by 300,000 people. That gave Kogan access to the data of those users' friends, too, affecting tens of millions of users. According to The New York Times, that number could be as high as 50 million.
"This was a breach of trust between Kogan, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook," Zuckerberg said. "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. We need to fix that."
Zuckerberg's response, which you can, also added fuel to the #DeleteFacebook flame that had begun to rage since the weekend.
Correction, March 22 at 9:34 a.m. PT: This story initially attributed a comment to Mark Zuckerberg that actually came from a fake Twitter post. It has been removed
Updated, March 23 at 9:45 a.m. PT: This story has been updated to include Musk's reaction.
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