Most number of data harvested in Phillippines – 1.75million Facebook users
Facebook has this revealed that more than 3.6 million users its service in Asia may have had their information improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.
Two weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg was in hot soup after it was found that Cambridge Analytica harvested information from over 50 million Facebook users through an external application in 2015.
Facebook has stated that it estimates 1.75m Facebook users in the Philippines could have seen some of their data harvested and passed on to Cambridge Analytica. This would make Phillippines making the country the second most hit behind the United States.
The numbers then fall to Indonesia, as the third-most affected country globally with 1.1m people potentially affected. Countries like India had numbers – 562,000 people and Vietnam with 427,000. Australia was the tenth most affected market globally with numbers reaching just over 300,000.
Mark Zuckerberg took charge of an hour-long press conference this morning in which he took responsibility for looser security settings in the past and promised to do better in the future. The company also released its estimate of the worst case scenario for the number of users who may have had some of their data lifted from the service.
Since the announcement, Cambridge Analytica has tweeted to say that it licensed data for 30m individuals, not the 87m warned by Facebook.