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It sounded a little slippery last week, when Facebook announced Portal, a new voice-activated speaker and video chat gadget, and the company said that it would not use data collected through the device to target ads. It was, in fact, very slippery. Facebook just admitted that Portal is completely capable of collecting data about you and using that data to target ads. But don’t worry, Facebook probably won’t do this right away.

Facebook just reported a massive data breach. Nearly 50 million accounts were affected by the breach, though it remains unclear whether the accounts were misused or if personal data was accessed.

My account might be one of those affected. I know this, because when I went to check, Facebook had logged me off. At which point, my face fell onto my keyboard, drooling a bit from one side or the other. I’ve been dealing with garbage from this company for years. I’m over it.

Americans have soured on Facebook in the past year, as more people come to terms with the toxic role that the social media platform plays in their lives. A new Pew Research Center survey shows that a large percentage of the US population has taken extended breaks from Facebook in the past year, with 26 per cent of American users saying that they’ve deleted the app from their phones completely.

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.

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.

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.