Facebook has found itself in hot water since roughly ten days ago, when The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian had published findings of a company named Cambridge Analytica having maneuvered its proverbial hands onto the personal information of roughly 50 million profiles, all of which was used to inject influence into the 2016 United States Presidential Election.
Congresspeople across the nation have since called for Facebook chief executive officer and founder Mark Zuckerberg to testify in front of Congress. Although he’s been pretty quiet since news broke two Saturdays ago, on Saturday, March 17, 2018, he recently came out as saying that he is slated to be investigated by Congress in the way of an in-person hearing.
The matter will discuss how Facebook keeps control over its users’ information, as a failure to keep such information safe is to blame entirely on Facebook, its high-ranking executives, and all others at the company responsible for not securing its data.
Laws in the United States of America – really, anywhere on planet Earth – don’t concern the likes of social media giants like Facebook. However, because so many people use social media platforms to connect with others or browse relevant topics of interest, experts believe that the United States is likely to set up laws in the next year or two that would protect users from privacy concerns and data theft, one of the most serious issues in all of cybersecurity in today’s climate.
Unbelievably to many, especially those that have trusted platforms like Facebook to keep the information they share with the application private, Facebook hasn’t spent much effort towards enforcing the policies of data security and personal privacy, effectively allowing entities of all sorts to solicit data from their apps used on the social media giant’s network, after which can effectively be sold to interested individuals, groups, companies, and other entities.
Facebook, less than ten days ago, coming clean only after the first two news articles regarding the matter had surfaced, formally revealed that information of somewhere in the tens of millions of platform users had been sold to Cambridge Analytics. This failure to openly come forward should prove worrisome to all those who use social media, even if they don’t necessarily have a Facebook account.
The company had already been in semi-hot water after not doing anything about proven Russian involvement in the 2016 election, who used inflammatory ads to shape opinions.