Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally stepped out to respond to the questions about Facebook’s role in this controversy. Wednesday evening he sat down for an interview with CNN’s Laurie Segall in which he largely repeated his PR department’s talking points.
Zuckerberg clarified that he was “really sorry that this happened.” He reiterated that he believed the company made big mistakes, first by allowing app developers far too much access to user data in previous builds of the site, and later by blindly trusting that Cambridge Analytica and other companies involved would actually delete it just because they sent them a sternly worded letter. Zuckerberg committed to notifying all impacted users that third parties may have run off with their data.
Let us remember that Facebook has been playing it “fast and loose” with your data and info all along. In recent issues of TL;DR we’ve talked about the growing cacophony of voices that suggest that social networks, and this platform specifically may be bad for us.
There was no Facebook data breach. This is not a mistake. Facebook is operating exactly as they are designed. They’re doing exactly what they should be doing.Facebook never earned your trust and now we’re all paying the price. You gave them the data, and they gave it away — all according to plan.