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Mar 21 2018
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Mark Zuckerberg is hiding, and so is Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Ever since the scandal over Facebook data manipulation or breach exploded, the founder and captain of the social media are nowhere to be found. The company’s lawyers were dispatched instead to face public scrutiny while the CEO and COO stay quiet on the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

 

Amid the turmoil and havoc caused by the notorious Cambridge Analytica, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has the following message – “Delete Facebook.” Yes, it’s time people should consider whether Facebook does more harm than good since it’s proven that Facebook doesn’t really care about protecting your private data.

 

After Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for a staggering US$19 billion, Mr. Acton remained with the company until February this year to start his Signal Foundation, injecting US$50 million to the foundation. Another WhatsApp co-founder, Jan Koum, remains with the company and sits on Facebook’s board. But what if you have no desire to leave Facebook?

Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Bought WhatsApp For 19 Billion US Dollar

Over the years of using Facebook, you have definitely granted permission to tens of apps, if not hundreds, without even realizing the vulnerability. Whether you’re one of the 50 million Facebook users whose profiles were harvested by UK-based Cambridge Analytica, or just one of 2 billion users who could be the next target, the scandal surely is a wake-up call.

 

One of the reasons why the data breach is so damaging is due to the deep personalization of Facebook users. That was why Aleksandr Kogan – a psychology researcher at Cambridge University – created the Facebook app called “thisisyourdigitallife” with a personality test or quiz, of which the professor subsequently passed those invaluable data to Cambridge Analytica.

 

The Cambridge Analytica scandal shows how easy it was to gain access to Facebook users’ private information. Users are too lazy to create a new login whenever they want to use an app. Most of the apps have this option, so if you’ve ever opened an app and selected the option to “log in with Facebook”; chances are that the people or company behind that app know a lot about you.

Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook and Whatsapp

Sure, it was super convenience to login to apps by clicking or tapping the “log in with Facebook” option. But when you do that, each of those apps will be able to access your gender, networks you belong to, username, your user ID, your full name, your profile picture and even your full friends list and any other public information on your profile.

 

You can only hope that the people or companies behind the apps you use do not sell your information to third party, as in the case of Professor Aleksandr Kogan and Cambridge Analytica. But why wait and not pro-actively secure your Facebook account? To find out the apps which use your Facebook data, click this link here and see how much information you’ve been sharing.

 

If the above link doesn’t work, do the following:

  • Once you login to Facebook, tap or click the drop-down menu on top-right side.
  • Select or click on “Settings”
  • Select the “Apps” option on left-panel

How To Check and Remove Apps Accessing Facebook Data

You could be surprised with a long list of apps that have access to your private data, which you might not even realize you had granted in the first place. Now, delete those apps by simply select it and tap or click on the “X” button on the right corner. Of course, if you need to use some of the apps, instead of deleting it, you can choose “edit” button and uncheck certain options (such as friend list) to disable it.

 

Unless your Facebook account contains only very minimal data, and those data were actually fake, you should not trust Mark Zuckerberg at all, no matter what he says. His mission was to make money. When he snatched WhatsApp from WeChat’s boss – “Pony” Ma Huateng – there was assurance that no advertisement would be placed to interrupt users’ experience.

 

Two years after that assurance, WhatsApp happily announced in August 2016 that it will begin sharing phone numbers and analytics data of its users with parent company Facebook. In doing so, WhatsApp actually claimed that it would not post or share WhatsApp numbers with anyone, including advertisers. The Cambridge Analytica scandal proves that Facebook has lied.

Remove Apps From Accessing Facebook Data

 

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