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Topic: FB CEO silent as data harvesting scandal unfolds
Posted By: John Beagle
Subject: FB CEO silent as data harvesting scandal unfolds
Date Posted: Mar 20 2018 at 2:19pm

Where's Zuck? Facebook CEO silent as data harvesting scandal unfolds

Amid calls for investigation and a #DeleteFacebook campaign, the company releases an official statement but its figurehead keeps quiet

The chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has remained silent over the more than 48 hours since the Observer revealed the harvesting of 50 million users’ personal data, even as his company is buffeted by mounting calls for investigation and regulation, falling stock prices and a social media campaign to #DeleteFacebook. 

Facebook’s shares slid 6.77% on Monday following the news, knocking $36bn off the company’s valuation as investors worried about the consequences of the revelations. Zuckerberg owns 16% of the company and personally saw his fortune fall $5.5bn to $69bn, according to Forbes’ live tracker of the world’s wealthiest people.

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The embattled social media company announced on Monday that it will engage a digital forensics firm to conduct an audit of Cambridge Analytica to determine whether or not the firm still has copies of the data in question.

The Observer reported this weekend that a company called Global Science Research (GSR) harvested tens of millions of Facebook profiles and sold the data to Cambridge Analytica. The New York Times reported on Saturday that Cambridge Analytica still possesses “most or all” of the harvested data. Cambridge Analytica has denied knowing that the data was obtained improperly.

“If this data still exists, it would be a grave violation of Facebook’s policies and an unacceptable violation of trust and the commitments these groups made,” Facebook said in a statement.

The engagement of the digital forensics firm Stroz Friedberg is unlikely to assuage officials in the US or UK, where lawmakers have issued calls for Zuckerberg to testify about the data breach. Representatives of Stroz Friedberg were at Cambridge Analytica’s office in London on Monday evening when the UK Information Commissioner’s Office asked them to leave so the authorities could pursue its own investigation, Facebook said hours after the first announcement.

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Posted By: John Beagle
Date Posted: Mar 20 2018 at 3:01pm
'They were on our side': Obama campaign director reveals Facebook ALLOWED them to mine American users' profiles in 2012 because they were supportive of the Democrats

-Carol Davidsen, who worked as the media director at Obama for America, claimed Obama campaign mined millions of people's information from Facebook
-She said that Facebook was surprised at the ease with which they were able to 'suck out the whole social graph'
-But the firm never tried to stop them when they realized what was doing, and even told them they'd made a special exception for them
-They 'were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn't have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side,' she tweeted
-Davidsen said that she felt the project was 'creepy' - 'even though we played by the rules, and didn't do anything I felt was ugly, with the data'
-Davidsen posted this in the wake of the uproar over Cambridge Analytica, and their mining of information for the Trump campaign

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Posted By: basser
Date Posted: Mar 20 2018 at 9:17pm
John Beagle, take time to watch this. This is how both Republican and Democrat voters were duped. I believe this is very good journalism by U.K. Channel 4. Here’s the link." rel="nofollow -


Posted By: John Beagle
Date Posted: Mar 21 2018 at 9:59am

Expert comment: Why Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is silent amid Cambridge Analytica scandal


In response to the lack of public visibility from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during the Cambridge Analytica crisis, please find below a comment from" rel="nofollow - Dr Michael Koch  at the" rel="nofollow - Kent Business School  at the University of Kent.


‘On one hand, it is quite surprising that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg does not communicate on a timely basis to reassure shareholders and the public regarding the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In such a case, you would expect the CEO of a company to react very swiftly to defuse the situation as well as possible, especially since the Facebook share price is sliding.


‘On the other, this is a very delicate situation for Facebook, considering that this scandal, which involves sharing data about Facebook users, touches the heart of Facebook's business model. Any statement by Zuckerberg is likely to have strong implications for the way Facebook conducts their business and respects their users’ rights. Regulators are also increasingly aware of the need to address Facebook’s problems.


‘It might well be that Facebook is still trying to devise a proper communication strategy, or that management intends to ride out the worst of the storm before Zuckerberg issues any communication. In the past, Facebook has been faced with similar problems which haven’t created a similar backlash, so perhaps management is surprised by the extent of the negative reactions.’




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