April 2020: Facebook hackers leaked the phone numbers and personal details of 553 million users.
July 2019: Facebook data scandal: Social network fined $5 billion for “inappropriate” sharing of users’ personal information.
March 2019: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg vowed to overhaul around six privacy-focused principles:
- Private Interactions
- Decreased Persistence
- Secure data storage
Zuckerberg has promised end-to-end encryption for all of his messaging services, which will be bundled so that users can communicate via WhatsApp, Instagram Direct and Facebook Messenger.
December 2018: Facebook comes under fire after a bombshell report found that the firm allowed more than 150 companies, including Netflix, Spotify and Bing, to access unprecedented amounts of user data such as private messages.
Some of these “partners” had the ability to read, write and delete Facebook users’ private messages and see all thread members.
It also allowed Microsoft’s search engine, known as Bing, to see the friend names of all Facebook users without their consent.
Amazon was allowed to get usernames and contact information through their friends, and Yahoo could view the friends’ message threads.
September 2018: Facebook announced that it had suffered the most serious data breach affecting 50 million users, including those of Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg.
The attackers took advantage of the site’s “View As” feature, which allows people to see how their profiles look to other users.
Facebook (file image) made headlines in March 2018 after political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed the data of 87 million users.
Unidentified attackers used a feature in the code called “Access Tokens” to take over people’s accounts, potentially giving hackers access to private messages, photos and posts – although Facebook said there was no evidence that this was done.
The hackers also tried to get people’s personal information, including name, gender, and hometown, from Facebook systems.
Zuckerberg assured users that passwords and credit card information were not available.
As a result of the hack, the company removed about 90 million people from their accounts for security reasons.
March 2018: Facebook hit the headlines after political consultancy Cambridge Analytica gained access to the data of 87 million users.
The disclosure sparked government investigations into the company’s privacy policies around the world and sparked a “#deleteFacebook” movement among consumers.
Communications firm Cambridge Analytica had offices in London, New York, Washington DC, as well as Brazil and Malaysia.
The company boasts of being able to “find its voters and get them to act” with data-driven campaigns and a team that includes data scientists and behavioral psychologists.
“In the United States alone, we played a key role in winning the presidential race, as well as congressional and state elections,” says the Cambridge Analytica website, with data on more than 230 million American voters.
The company benefited from a feature that meant apps could ask permission to access your own data as well as the data of all your Facebook friends.
The media firm ousted its chief executive, Alexander Nix (pictured), after tapes surfaced of him making a number of controversial claims, including boasting that Cambridge Analytica played a key role in Donald Trump’s election.
This meant that the company was able to obtain information about 87 million Facebook users, although only 270,000 people gave them permission to do so.
It was designed to help them create software that can predict and influence voters’ choices at the ballot box.
The media firm fired its chief executive, Alexander Nix, after tapes surfaced showing him making a number of controversial claims, including boasting that Cambridge Analytica played a key role in Donald Trump’s election.
The information is said to have been used to support the Brexit campaign in the UK.