Accused many times of lack of communication on the matter Cambridge Analytica, Facebook was very talkative Wednesday 4 avril. After revealing that data 87 million users were siphonées Cambridge and Analytica announced new measures, Zuckerberg has lent a rare exercise of questions / answers. For an hour with journalists worldwide, dont 01net.com, Facebook CEO returned on recent Facebook business and responsibilities of its platform.
"I think the RGPD is very positive"
Contrary to 's assertion Reuters the eve, new data protection settings will not be exclusive to Europe. Zuckerberg described the general regulations for the protection of European regulatory data "Very positive". "We intend to make available the same controls and settings everywhere, not just in Europe. » The owner of the social network has nevertheless indicated that these rules may differ from one country to another, depending on local laws. Facebook should be guided by the proposals of the European Union's Data Protection, and offer the ability to remove them more easily to all users.
"We need to take more responsibility". Throughout the discussion, Mark Zuckerberg has not stopped repeating that phrase. His company could have done a "Best work", particularly in terms of communication. The CEO has nevertheless noted that the protections and settings already existed for several years, and the user could have anticipated this problem by disabling access. "I wish I could snap my fingers and, in three or six months, tell you that I've solved all these problems. » Zuckerberg then subsequently admitted to that reality will prove much more complex.
Finally, Zuckerberg said that Facebook does not intend to sue Cambridge Analytica for now. "We do not really know how much information people were obtained. We do not know what was sold to Cambridge Analytica, and we do not know today what they have in their system. » If a trial is the only way to protect user data, Zuckerberg said however ready to take the company into the future.
Fight against Fake News
In a speech to 5 minutes before the start of question / answer, Zuckerberg was keen to return to the wave of false information suffered by Facebook. "I made a mistake by refusing to recognize that the Fake News had an impact", ensuring wants to promote the "Journalism confidence" on the platform.
To Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook has a political responsibility "We must protect the integrity of elections". CEO notably took the example of the French elections 2017, recalling have deleted 30.000 fake accounts and have rolled out new tools to fight against the manipulation of information. Zuckerberg is willing to take all the necessary sanctions to prevent the phenomenon happening again elsewhere than in the US, where weaknesses of Facebook benefited Trump.
On the sidelines of the conference call from his boss, Facebook released in a statement new measures with the aim of reassuring users. Among them : Facebook delete the data on calls and SMS users dating back there more than a year. As a reminder, the site was accused of collecting the call log Android smartphone owners in Messenger. Facebook also states that certain unnecessary data, as call duration, will no longer be registered. The reverse directory system, which allowed to find the name / account of a person returning his number, will be disabled him. Facebook will also restrict the API developers, reducing their access to user accounts.
Starting next week, All Facebook users will see on the home page a link encouraging them to discover applications that have access to their data. The goal : launch a major cleaning operation and encourage users to get rid of unnecessary content, before slippage and a new deal Cambridge Analytica. The beginning of a rebuilding will take time, and will be led by Mark Zuckerberg himself : "I run this place. I'm responsible for what happens here. »
Transcript written the session Q&A de Mark Zuckerberg