Facebook Believes 87 Million Users’ Data Improperly Shared with Cambridge Analytica

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Facebook is now saying that the total number of FB users whose personal data were possibly misused by Cambridge Analytica is higher.

In a blog post on Wednesday, Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer disclosed that they may have improperly shared data of up to 87 million people.

According to him, “In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people — mostly in the US — may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.”

The number was higher than 50 million people, which was previously reported by media outlets. Last month, the social network giant suspended the account of Cambridge Analytica in the wake of the scandal. The British political consulting firm allegedly used the data to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

Currently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating Facebook over its privacy practices.

Facebook announces changes to protect users’ information

Additionally, Schroepfer informed FB users about the company’s plans to restrict data access on its platform.

According to him, apps using the Events API will no longer be able to access the guest list or posts on the event wall starting today. The change will ensure that apps use their access properly. In the future, the company will only allow apps to use Events API if they agree to strict requirements.

Facebook said third-party apps using Group API will no longer be able to access the member list of a group. Apps using Pages API will need an approval to read posts and comments from any page.

Furthermore, Facebook will need to approve all apps requesting access to information such as check-ins, likes, photos, posts, etc. The company said it is tightening its review process by requiring apps to agree to strict requirements.

Moreover, the social network giant disabled the search and account recovery to reduce the risk of public profile scraping. Last week, Facebook shut down Partner Categories. Starting April 9, it will show people a link on their News Feed to see the apps they are using.