The rise of false news and the disclosure recently that scores of Facebook user profiles had been harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a voter-profiling company that worked on United States President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, are key issues which have emerged.
The social networking giant acquired WhatsApp in the year 2014 for $16 billion from Jan Koum and Brian Acton. The former Yahoo infrastructure engineer Brian Acton, who agreed to sell WhatsApp to Mark Elliot Zuckerberg's Facebook has made these comments in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. With the Anton then made a decision to invest $50 million into Signal Foundation, a non-profit organization and direct alternative to WhatsApp.
Definitely a weird tweet from Acton-let's see what he has to say next about his tweet, and whether it was actually him sending the message or a "hacker". If Facebooks own people have turned against the app, what can possibly the future of such a platform? It also started in 2014, when an academic of Russian origin Aleksandr Kogan created a Facebook app which paid thousands of users to take a psychological test.
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Facebook said it knew about the leak since 2015, but the incident only became public last weekend after reports by the New York Times and Guardian. But Kogan was able to exploit a loophole in Facebook and get access to the data of 50 million users. There are quite a few tweets around the hashtag, with the social network being accused of not taking user privacy and data seriously. That quiz creator passed the data to Cambridge Analytica against Facebook policy.
As the years have progressed, WhatsApp has increasingly grown its interdependence on Facebook infrastructure with a plan for deeper integration about sharing data with the parent company.
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Although Facebook said it received assurances that the data had been deleted, the company did not verify the responses. He said the firm identified voters who might be swayed and targeted them with messages that may or may not be true.
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