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Zuckerberg Says As Many As 87 Million Facebook Users' Private Data Shared

April 04, 2018 - 4:51 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is admitting to mistakes and says his company hasn't taken a broad enough view of what its responsibility is in the world. 
 
In a call with media on Wednesday, Zuckerberg calls this a "huge mistake'' and added, "it's my mistake.''

The company is reeling from news that a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm used ill-gotten data from millions of users to try to influence elections. Facebook says as many as 87 million people may have had their data accessed - an increase from the 50 million disclosed in published reports.

Referring to the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, he said that it isn't enough for Facebook to believe app developers when they say they follow the rules. He says Facebook has to ensure they do.
 
Facebook is restricting the user data it allows outsiders to access as part of steps it's taking to address the fallout from its worst privacy crisis in years. 
 
Among the latest changes: Facebook is restricting access that apps can get about users' events, as well as information about groups such as member lists and content. 
 
In addition, the company is also removing the option to search for users by entering a phone number or an email address. While this helped individuals find friends who may have a common name, Facebook says businesses that had phone or email information on customers were able to collect profile information this way.