Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and Trump: Facebook Makes It’s Money By Selling Your Info & Ads

via Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and Trump: What you need to know (FAQ) – CNET

Was Facebook hacked? No.

The New York Times characterizes this as a “breach” and says it’s “one of the largest data leaks in the social network’s history.” That’s in part because the roughly 270,000 users who gave Kogan access to their information allowed him to collect data on their friends as well. In total, more than 50 million Facebook users are said to have been affected.

The misuse of this data is what The New York Times zeroed in on.

Facebook, however, says that though Kogan mishandled its data, all the information Kogan got was accessed legally, and within its rules. The problem is that Kogan was supposed to hold onto the information himself, not hand it over to Cambridge Analytica or anyone else.

Still, Facebook says that it wasn’t a “breach” because the information was accessed through normal means — using an app that asked people for access to their information, which they then agreed to.

Facebook argued its point even further in an update to its Friday statement, saying that calling this episode a “breach” is “false.”

“People knowingly provided their information, no systems were infiltrated, and no passwords or sensitive pieces of information were stolen or hacked,” the company said.

Of course, critics point out that Kogan was able to do what he allegedly did because Facebook allowed app developers to request and receive access to a person’s friend’s data. Facebook changed that policy in 2015, prohibiting the practice.

Wait, so Facebook allows apps to access my data? Yes and Your Friends.

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