Facebook lost the trust of many a while ago for reasons ranging from privacy to censorship. Yet a recent massive data breach may cause many more to delete their accounts or otherwise be wary of the social media platform.
Recently, Facebook was forced to explain to approximately 90 million users why they were suddenly logged out of their accounts.
On Facebook there exists a feature titled ‘View As’ where users can see what their profiles look like to other users and publicly.
Apparently, doing so made some users’ ‘access tokens’ available to hackers which may have allowed them to “take over people’s accounts” after Facebook updated its “video uploading feature in July 2017.”
VP of product management, Guy Rosen, released the security update on Friday, explaining that the breach was said to have affected an estimated 50 million accounts. However, the platform logged a staggering 90 million out of their accounts as a precaution.
Rosen claimed that the company is taking the situation “incredibly seriously” and that it has since resolved the problem and “informed law enforcement.”
He continued that Facebook has disabled the ‘View As’ option for the time being, as well.
However, it has yet to be determined if or what damage occurred due to the breach or who took advantage of it.
Yet not all are as calm about the breach as Facebook appears to be responding.
Ed Mierzwinski on behalf of U.S. Public Interest Research Group, or PIRG, rightfully referred to the recent security breach as “very troubling.”
He continued that, “It’s yet another warning that Congress must not enact any national data security or data breach legislation that weakens current state privacy laws, preempts the rights of states to pass new laws that protect their consumers better, or denies their attorney general rights to investigate violations of or enforce those laws.”
While the breach has been enough to alarm over 90 million users already, another security flaw has raised concern for one of Facebook’s most notable users: founder and CEO of the platform, Mark Zuckerberg.
However, he has since canceled the planned attack and claimed that it was not to have been done with malicious intent but was a way to make a small profit.
Chi-yuan claimed that Facebook, along with other ‘tech giants,’ has been known to financially compensate ‘white hat’ hackers who are able to accurately identify security flaws.
However, not always. In 2013, a Palestinian hacker reportedly broke into Zuckerberg’s account and posted a music “video on the wall of one of his college friends.” Platform administrators were not clearly not amused, as in that case, it refused to pay out.
Even more embarrassing on behalf of Facebook is that Mark Zuckerberg has allegedly had his account hacked into even before that, as in 2011, another hacker was successfully able to do so in an attempt to convince the company to “let users invest in the social media network and turn it into a ‘social business.’”
Considering the staggering number of times that hackers have been able to work their way onto the platform with apparent ease, the recent breach affecting 90 million users, along with the recent threat to the CEO’s account, admittedly does not reflect positively on the company and its ability to protect its users’ information.
Shaun Hair on behalf of the Western Journal took note of the censorship when he attempted to share the article that was quickly marked as ‘spam’ and came with an alert that it would not be allowed to be posted which read, “Our security systems have detected that a lot of people are posting the same content, which could mean that it’s spam. Please try a different post.”
Other users experienced the same issue, not only with the article from The Guardian but also one from the Associated Press which, despite coming from a different source, contained similar information and was, shockingly, also marked as spam.
Shortly after, Facebook was forced to admit to the false spam-marking in saying that it had ‘incorrectly’ identified spam content and that it can now be shared.
However, it would appear to many users that the social media company is likely highly embarrassed about the recent breach and would prefer additional information on it, not provided by the company itself, be widely shared.
Unfortunately, the damage has already been done, and most users are aware that Facebook is not a secure platform both for accounts belonging to the average user or Zuckerberg himself.
Considering that it was quick to censor articles regarding the recent breach from other sources, it will be interesting to see if the Conservative Daily Post’s version of the story will be as well.