Facebook Takes Out Full Page Newspaper Ads to Apologize for Data Scandal

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Facebook has taken out full-page advertisements in seven British and three American newspapers to apologize for their latest user data scandal.

The Verge reports that Facebook has taken out full-page advertisements in multiple newspapers to apologize for their latest data scandal related to data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica. The ads featured an apology written by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who attempted to explain the Cambridge Analytica situation and reiterate that the company has already prevented third-party apps from “getting so much information,” also adding that the company has begun “limiting the data apps get when you sign up.”

The apology from Zuckerberg reads “This was a breach of trust and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time. I promise to do better for you.” The ads appeared in the Sunday editions of the UK newspapers the Observer, the Sunday TimesMail on SundaySunday MirrorSunday Express and Sunday Telegraph. In the United States, the ads appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

The ad states:

We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we can’t, we don’t deserve it.

You may have heard about a quiz app built by a university researched that leaked Facebook data of millions of people in 2014. This was a breach of trust, and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time. We’re now taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

We’ve already stopped apps like this from getting so much information. Now we’re limiting the data apps get when you sign in using Facebook.

We’re also investigating every single app that had access to large amounts of data before we fixed this. We expect there are others. And when we find them, we will ban them and tell everyone affected.

Finally, we’ll remind you which apps you’ve given access to your information – so you can shut off the ones you don’t want anymore.

Thank you for believing in this community. I promise to do better for you.

Facebook previously took out full-page ads in newspapers to warn against the dangers of “fake news.” In May 2017 that the social media company took out full-page ads in U.K. newspapers as part of an initiative to show that Facebook was actively fighting “fake news” on their platform. The ads were featured nationwide in publications such as The Guardian and The Telegraph. The ads attempted to advise readers on how to spot manipulated images, altered website URL’s, and urged them to be skeptical of misleading headlines. Similar ads were published in France before the country’s presidential election.

A recently released poll from Reuters shows that the public is rapidly losing faith in Facebook following recent revelations that data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica used the social media platform to gain access to the personal data of 50 million users. According to the Reuters poll, only 41 percent of consumers trust Facebook to obey U.S. privacy laws. In comparison, 47 percent of consumers say they would trust Yahoo! to obey the same laws despite the site suffering their own massive data breaches in 2016, while 60 percent trust Microsoft, 62 percent trust Google and Amazon was ranked as the most trusted with 66 percent.

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan_ or email him at lnolan@breitbart.com


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