Facebook loses control of over 50 million users data

Samvel Gevorgyan
I cover cybercrime, privacy and security in digital form.

The issue of using posts, comments or personal messages on social media to predict the probability of electing a candidate during presidential elections is not new. Previously I have been sharing my experience with you on this.

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It only generated a huge buzz when media outlets like the British newspaper the Independent and the American Forbes magazine published editorials after about 50 million Facebook users’ personal data was breached. This time users’ personal data was used to advocate for Donald Trump during 2016 US presidential elections.

Facebook makes their money by exploiting and selling intimate details about the private lives of millions, far beyond the scant details you voluntarily post. They are not victims. They are accomplices. — says Edward Snowden

As a result of the international scandal Facebook has already lost 50 billion dollars. It has immediately launched an internal investigation to identify the details of the incident.

We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you. I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again. The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there's more to do, and we need to step up and do it. — says Mark Zuckerberg

The preliminary findings have revealed

Realizing the seriousness of the matter Zuckerberg announces that this type of issues will not happen again. According to him the social media will see serious changes in its security rules; users will be given the ability to easily block personal data accessibility to third-party apps; and there will be strict monitoring of third-party apps by the social media.

How to limit third party apps

It is recommended that you periodically review third-party applications that were installed from your account and have the ability to gather all kinds of information about you.

To limit third-party applications, follow the steps below:


How to remove third-party applications

You also need to handle the additional data that can be accessed by third-party applications.

Follow the steps below for proper setup:


How to limit information collected by third-party applications

If you are not a programmer or you do not use Facebook platform then it is recommended that you do the following:


How to disable Facebook platform

How to delete your account from Facebook

It is strange, but the function of deleting your own account is not included neither in the main menu nor Account Settings. You need to follow this link to make use of it.

Note: make sure that before deleting your account you have downloaded your personal data.


The fate of the social media giant after the international scandal is yet unclear as even Zuckerberg’s former partners do not stand by him any longer. Simply the truth is – no matter how hard they try to conceal it but all social media and companies working with big data are submissive to governments. The ones that do not comply face real issues.


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