Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg came under fire worldwide in 2019 for the Cambridge Analytica Data scandal in which the data of over 50 million Facebook users was used to create voter profiles without their consent. After the data breach, the Facebook CEO had a conversation with Apple CEO Tim cook At a technology and media honeymoon meeting in Sun Valley, Idaho, organized by investment bank Allen & Company, the New York Times writes.
According to the report, Zuckerberg asked them Apple CEO how he would have dealt with the aftermath of the scandal. In response, Tim Cook reportedly said that “Facebook should delete any information it has collected about people outside of its core apps.” who Zuckerberg was “stunned”, the report claims, based on contributions from individuals “who were not authorized to speak publicly”.
Facebook earns by delivering personalized ads to its users and tracking their activities even if they have uninstalled the app. Zuckerberg did not want to accept Cook’s proposal and this is reflected in the number of data leaks that have occurred via the social media platform since 2019.
Two years later, Facebook data leaks don’t seem to have changed. In fact, the numbers have just swelled. In 2019, personal data was mined from over 50 million users. Now, just recently, the email IDs and phone numbers of over 500 million Facebook users have been leaked. And that’s not all. In addition to the 533 million phone numbers, there is another database of Facebook phone numbers that have been leaked online, according to a report by Vice, based on what cybersecurity firm Motherboard found out. This separate data leak was made possible with the help of a telegram tool. The Telegram tool, which is reportedly showing up as a bot in Telegram, is asking customers to pay in order to find a specific phone number associated with a Facebook account that likes a particular page. The motherboard claims to have checked the tool and is also certain that the phone numbers contained in this newly found record are not in the record of the last 500 million users.