Social networking giant Facebook is in hot waters since the data scandal involving Cambridge Analytica came to light. Following the controversy, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has asked his Twitter followers to delete Facebook.
Acton tweeted “It is time. #deletefacebook.” However, recently Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg came forward and talked about the entire issue. Zuckerberg posted, “I started Facebook, and at the end of the day I’m responsible for what happens on our platform. We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.”
Along with this Zuckerberg also listed some of the changes that will be made to the social networking platform in order prevent future abuse. Since his post, Zuckerberg has been on a media overdrive giving interviews to various publications.
In one such interview a publication asked for his reaction on the #deletefacebook tweet made by Brian Acton. To this Zuckerberg said, “I don’t think we’ve seen a meaningful number of people act on that, but, you know, it’s not good.”
This issue started in the year 2014, when an academic of Russian origin Aleksandr Kogan created a Facebook app which paid thousands of users to take a psychological test. The app asked the users for the personal details of their Facebook friends. Then Kogan sold the same data to a company called Cambridge Analytica, which a voter profiling company in US. In this process the data of 50 million Facebook users was compromised.
The UK parliamentary media committee has also summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking how Facebook uses data of the users.