Facebook committed to ensuring integrity of elections in India: Mark Zuckerberg

Mozilla says it will take a "wait and see" approach: if satisfied by what Mark Zuckerberg delivers in his promise to make privacy settings "more protective", "specifically strengthening its default privacy settings for third party apps, we'll consider returning".

Thankfully, alternatives exist. Let's take a look at how you can stay social without a Facebook account. All personal data is used exclusively for "internal company purposes", according to Raftr's privacy policy, and anything shared with outside vendors would have no "personally identifiable information for the user".

"We actually do this fairly regularly", he told Recode. Instead of deactivating, Facebook suggests, would you like to send them a message?

It's a question more of us should have been asking many moons ago.

Facebook reportedly found out about the breach in 2015 and appears to have asked Cambridge Analytica to destroy the information. Facebook subsequently wrote to Parliament to say that beyond three Russian-bought adverts, it could find no evidence that Russia used Facebook to interfere with the election.

A Facebook spokesman said they have received the letter and are reviewing the invitation.

If you've never bothered with the other social-media heavyweight, maybe this is a good time to start.

Or when it became increasingly clear that Facebook knows too much about us and doesn't seem to care who else knows it, too.

Cambridge Analytica has denied wrongdoing, and the firm said it deleted any data it received from Kogan and denied using any Facebook data in its political work.

Vero, a social media app that makes its money from subscriptions as opposed to advertisements, aims to be a "smarter" network that give users more control over who sees and uses their data.

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The organization suggested a blanket ban on third parties accessing information about the friends of people who use an app, noting that "the internet is transformative because it's a place to explore, transact, connect, and create".

Pressure from lawmakers and critics is mounting for Facebook seeking answers for how Cambridge Analytica obtained the data and why it took Facebook so long to disclose the misuse.

"We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you", Zuckerberg announced in an online statement Wednesday, his first since the controversy erupted late last week.

To view the history of your Facebook account's data, log in to Facebook.com on the desktop browser, click on the drop down icon on the top right of the page and select Settings.

Your account settings should show a list of apps accessing your information.

Facebook reached out to us to discuss how we characterized their settings and to tell us that our original blog post overstated the scope of data sharing with app developers. Finally, Facebook is going to amp up its bug bounty program. It could be a prelude to some sort of legislative action on the protection of privacy data.

"Facebook operates a social networking website that allows people to communicate with their family, friends, and coworkers". More than a half dozen congressional committees, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the European Union are looking into the matter.

Zuckerberg explained his rationale for making the changes now.

"On a bipartisan basis, we believe Mr. Zuckerberg's testimony is necessary to gain a better understanding of how the company plans to restore lost trust, safeguard users' data, and end a troubling series of belated responses to serious problems", they said.

At the same time, consumers have plenty of questions about what happened to the data harvested by Cambridge Analytica. Especially in countries like Myanmar, where Facebook was recently blamed by United Nations investigators for fueling ethnic violence against the Rohingya, it's possible that having a slightly higher barrier to entry would be a net good, even if it cost Facebook some users in the short term.

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