Facebook has been under fire since recent revelations became known regarding the unauthorized use of personal data from millions of its users, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has spoken out on how the social network plans to better protect data going forward.
More than 50 million Facebook users had their private information accessed by Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm which was working for President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, and the issue has been hotly debated since last week’s initial report. Zuckerberg has responded on Facebook with a lengthy post addressing the concerns.
Zuckerberg’s post details a timeline of the events surrounding the Cambridge Analytica incident, as well as steps the company has taken in the past to be more protective of user data. He called the Cambridge Analytica issue “a breach of trust,” while also noting that it was “a breach of trust between Facebook and the people who share their data with us and expect us to protect it.”
Zuckerberg details three important steps the social network will do moving forward. The first is to “investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before (Facebook) changed (its) platform to dramatically reduce data access in 2014.” He also mentions full audits and developer bans as possible steps for those who misuse data.
The second part of the plan is aimed to give third-party developers less access to data in a number of ways. Less personal data will be given to third-party apps from the start, and developers will lose access to that data “if you haven’t used their app in 3 months.” This is important, because it’s almost certain that many, many Facebook users are still giving data access to some apps they may have forgotten about years ago.
Lastly, Facebook also aims to make it easier for users to know which apps have been granted access to their data, by making those settings more prominent on the site. But there’s no need to wait on that — you can go into your Facebook Settings, then click Apps. From there, you’ll be able to see every third-party app that you’ve accessed through Facebook.
You can also click on Apps Others Use to see any of your information that your friends might be bringing into their apps. From there, you can revoke privileges to a number of categories, including your Bio, Birthday, Posts, and much more. We’d recommend unchecking every box.