Facebook revealed today that the Cambridge Analytica scandal may have affected more users than we thought. According to the company, as many as 87 million users may have been affected by the British firm’s data collection efforts using Facebook’s repositories. The company also said that at least 1 million users were affected in the UK and their data may have been improperly been used by Cambridge Analytica.
The information was buried at the bottom of Facebook’s blog post, where the company explained some of its plans to restrict third party apps from using many of its APIs, which were earlier used by developers to extra user data from Facebook’s stores. The post was written by Mike Schroepfer, who is a powerful man in Facebook, behind Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg.
The changes are part of Facebook’s efforts to stop apps from misusing data obtained from its platform. The company has been steadily making such changes to the platform. The company will also be notifying people if their information had been shared with Cambridge Analytica in the wrong way. It will also let users find info that has been shared with any third party applications, putting it at the top of the News Feed from April 9.