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Cambridgegate: Is Facebook Being Framed?

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Trump's digital operation recognized the power and reach of the top platform for media and politicking on the planet, and the Cambridge CEO was caught on hidden camera touting how it used data from Facebook to peddle lies.

The news of Cambridge Analytica data scandal forced Facebook to make adjustments to its platform.

Mark Zuckerberg is firing back at Tim Cook.

Facebook says it dramatically limits the access apps have to friend data, preventing the type of data scoop Kogan and others were capable of.

Only 15 per cent of Australians believe their personal information is being kept private by the social media giant despite general trust for the company being "phenomenally low". And they do so while, to some extent, knowing Facebook collects these data.

Christopher C. Black, worldwide criminal lawyer with 20 years of experience in war crimes and global relations, and a commentator on worldwide affairs, and Petri Krohn, Finnish political commentator joined our discussion.

Users, who shared the content before it had been checked, would also be notified that they had shared potentially fake news, she said. We'll see if he still says Facebook can not be an arbiter of content.

Zuckerberg told Vox, however, that Facebook is dedicated "serving people", despite its reliance on advertising.

For example, the first claim in the FTC's 2011 complaint said, "Facebook has represented, expressly or by implication, that, through their Profile Privacy Settings, users can restrict access to their profile information to specific groups, such as "Only Friends" or 'Friends of Friends.' In truth and in fact, in many instances, users could not restrict access to their profile information to specific groups".

In the just-published interview, Zuckerberg responds strongly to Cook's criticisms of Facebook's business model, which in turn come from an upcoming MSNBC interview, which is set to air on April 6.

In the wake of this scandal, and seemingly never-ending discoveries, now is a good time for us to take a look at the terms and conditions and full data policy we agreed to when we created a Facebook account and installed the app, since it has become obvious that most of its features or services with the "opt-in" option were in default installation mode. Sure. But how many second chances will we keep giving it?

Zuckerberg tells CNN that "I'm really sorry that this happened". We, not Facebook, must decide who we want to be in the new data age. Earlier this month, we learned that Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics and political consulting firm, accessed data from 50 million Facebook users without their consent - and that Facebook knew about it for the past two years.

"Internally, the U.S. and China face similar challenges on how best to manage a vast information ecosystem, but for the moment at least, China can watch the Facebook smack-down with "I told you so".

In the memo titled "The Ugly", Bosworth admits that the firm engages in "questionable contact importing practices" and uses "subtle language that helps people stay searchable by friends" - all for the goal of growing the service, according to a BuzzFeed report.

"The ability of anyone to know what you've been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of your life - from my own point of view it shouldn't exist", said Cook, speaking at the annual China Development Forum last week.

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