'Privacy of 5.6 lakh Indian Facebook users breached'

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Facebook's acknowledgement that most of its 2.2 billion members have probably had their personal data scraped by "malicious actors" is the latest example of the social network's failure to protect its users' data.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is due to appear in front of two United States congressional hearings about the scandal, has since admitted that his company failed to take a broad enough view of its responsibility. These included limiting the retention period for Mark's messages in Messenger.

They reportedly used this information to profile voters in a number of high-profile campaigns - like the US Presidential Election and Brexit - and targeted them with personalised political ads on the social media platform. "But we wanted to put out the maximum we felt that it could be as soon as we had that analysis done", said Zuckerberg.

According to Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, the new feature will roll out Monday.

In a rare interview conference call with journalists (including this one) the other night, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg admitted that both he and his company have consistently gotten it wrong when it comes to assessing the damage that is being done by those manipulating Facebook.

This incident is likely to pose further questions of trust on the company which recently compromised user data of over 87 million users (previously thought to be 50 million) in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The Facebook status composer window for mobile will focus on showing an open camera window which also shows you the most recent images from your camera roll, to nudge you to share them.

Facebook asked several major US hospitals to share anonymized data about their patients, such as illnesses and prescription info, for a proposed research project that hasn't moved forward. His messages are said to disappear from the inboxes of users, he once wrote to, for security reasons. Facebook has, in all, 17 choices for status updates which include check-in, GIFs, text update, and more.

In its statement, Facebook said that numerous problems it had in Burma were being addressed.

While Facebook users will welcome these and possibly other changes, doubts will probably remain in what measure they will be able to fix both moral and financial damage inflicted on the company.

The tool was discovered by TechCrunch, which noticed a discrepancy between emailed receipts of Facebook messages being received (which Facebook can not retract) and the actual contents of Facebook inboxes.

"We've done a lot of soul-searching on the role we played with the foreign interference that we did not see or catch early enough on our election", she told Woodruff. "That would be a paid product", she said. And civil society groups in Myanmar have hit back at Zuckerberg's claim that the company is able to use monitoring to stop hate speech messages spreading like wildfire through its services-they say such messages spread for days, leading to violence.

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