Software developers from around the world are in San Jose, California for the Facebook’s annual conference, just three weeks after CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled on Capitol Hill over lapses in data security.
User information is the bread and butter of many of these developers, so the recent push to reel it in has many wondering what’s next.
The right of users privacy on the free platform, versus the third party software developers right to the information offered by those using those free services is a delicate balance after consulting firm Cambridge Analytica harvested data from as many as 87 million Facebook profiles without the users’ knowledge. That information was potentially used in an effort to influence elections.
“What we’ve done is really make changes to make sure that no one takes advantage of the platform and so we’re putting precautions in place to really make sure that going forward that everyone is safe,” says Facebook’s Desiree Motamedi.
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