Apr 20, 2021
Facebook downplays data breach in internal email
An internal Facebook email, accidentally sent to Belgium-based Data News, has revealed its strategy for dealing with the leaking of account details from 533 million users. "Facebook confirmed the memo was genuine and told the BBC:"We are committed to continuing to educate users about data scraping. Facebook said the data was old, from a previously reported leak in 2019. The email published by Data News is dated 8 April - several days after the story broke. "Publications have offered more critical takes of Facebook's response framing it as evasive, a deflection of blame and absent of an apology for the users impacted," it noted, adding that the pieces were often driven by quotes from "Data experts or regulators, keen on criticising the company's response as insufficient".
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