A couple years ago, Andrew Oleck wondered if he could make a viral video. The Los Angeles-based filmmaker had been freelancing and doing commercial work for a decade and wanted to branch out. It took a while, but on April 1, he released his first attempt at internet stardom: a three-minute satire, where Mark Zuckerberg says he's decided to delete Facebook. The video has now been viewed over 32 million times. But the truly remarkable thing is how many people apparently think it's real.
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The vast majority of Facebook user data that was harvested by Cambridge Analytica came from Americans. But smaller countries are actually better at demonstrating just how big the problem got. Access to just 53 users in Australia reportedly allowed data firms to potentially capture information on over 310,000 people.
Roughly 87 million people had their Facebook data stolen by the political research firm Cambridge Analytica. And starting today, Facebook will finally notify the people who had their information scooped up. About 70 million are in the US, while the rest are primarily in the UK, Indonesia and the Philippines, but there are over 300,000 Australians affected.
Have you ever sent an email or text that you wish you could take back and delete forever? That isn't possible on the open web. But we now know that Mark Zuckerberg has the power to reach into every single Facebook inbox and delete messages that he's sent. Zuck and other executives at Facebook have reportedly used that power multiple times.
Facebook just revealed a frightening new figure for the number of users whose data was improperly shared by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. That number is now as high as 87 million. Whistleblower Christopher Wylie had previously said that more than 50 million people were affected. Now, according to Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer, "up to 87 million" largely United States-based users were affected.
We found Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook CEO has come out of hiding after the Cambridge Analytica scandal shaved tens of billions of dollars from his company's market cap and sent countless users to delete their profiles. After several days of deafening silence, Zuckerberg admitted in Thursday morning Facebook post that he and Facebook "made mistakes" and would "do" more to protect users' data. Zuckerberg did not apologise for anything.
Facebook held an open meeting at 10AM Tuesday morning in Menlo Park (4AM Wednesday AEDT). The whole company was invited to gather and ask questions about the recent - and rather furious - scandal around how Cambridge Analytica, a private data company hired by the Trump campaign that acquired and leveraged information on over 50 million Facebook users. Facebook general counsel Paul Grewal was at the meeting to provide some answers. Mark Zuckerberg was not.