facebook’s chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer has now confirmed that Cambridge Analytica had access to data on 87 million users — mostly from the United States and Indonesia and United Kingdom.
The BBC has been told that about 1.1 million of them are UK-based.
Cambridge Analytica licensed data from GSR for 30 million individuals, not 87 million. We did not receive more than 30 million records from research company GSR.
— Cambridge Analytica (@CamAnalytica) April 4, 2018
The overall figure had been previously quoted as being 50 million by the whistleblower Christopher Wylie but now they said that it’s a 87 million not 50 million user
United States 81.6 % 70,632,350 Users
Phillipines 1.4 % 1,175,870 Users
Indonesia 1.3 % 1,096,666 Users
United Kindom 1.2 % 1,079,031 Users
Maxico 0.9 % 789,880 Users
Canada 0.7 % 622,621 Users
India 0.6 % 562,455 Users
Brazil 0.5 % 443,117 Users
Vietnam 0.5 % 427,446 Users
Australia 0.4 % 311,127 Users
These stats estimated by Cambridge Analytica, We are not responsible if this is not accurate as per leaked data.
Schroepfer informed that Facebook is also going to inform the victims of data breach, whose data may have been “improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.”
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said “clearly we should have done more, and we will going forward”.
During a press conference he said that he had previously assumed that if Facebook gave people tools, it was largely their responsibility to decide how to use them. But he added that it was “wrong in retrospect” to have had such a limited view.
Mr Zuckerberg also announced an internal audit had uncovered a fresh problem. Malicious actors had been abusing a feature that let users search for one another by typing in email addresses or phone numbers into Facebook’s search box.
As a result, many people’s public profile information had been “scraped” and matched to the contact details, which had been obtained from elsewhere.
Facebook has blocked now blocked the facility.
“It is reasonable to expect that if you had that [default] setting turned on, that in the last several years someone has probably accessed your public information in this way,” Mr Zuckerberg said.
In another related news, Facebook has also confirmed that it scans all messages and photos you send on Messenger. The company said that it does so to filter sensitive messages and explicit content.