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Zuckerberg apologizes defers to audit outcome accepts possible misuse by Russians while whistleblower details data gathering

Follow up to previous postings this week – Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, the 2016 Election, and a colossal misappropriation of social media dataImplications of Cambridge Analytica scandal widen in scope as do responses – updated – and NYT, Guardian – How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions – tonight Axios highlights the Zuckerberg statements made to various media outlets – “After remaining silent for several days, Mark Zuckerberg has given interviews with outlets including CNN, Wired, the New York Times and Recode. The interviews answer some, but definitely not all of the questions left unanswered by his earlier Facebook post…Wired asks “How confident are you that Facebook data didn’t get into the hands of Russian operatives—into the Internet Research Agency, or even into other groups that we may not have found yet?” – – [Zuckerberg] I can’t really say that. I hope that we will know that more certainly after we do an audit…”

Washington Post report – ‘I’m not going to be bullied by Facebook.’ Cambridge Analytica whistleblower tells his story. Christopher Wylie, now regretful over his role in turning data on an estimated tens of millions of U.S. voters into a high-tech political persuasion machine, has delivered revelations that have triggered government investigations on – both sides of the Atlantic, sent Facebook’s stock price plunging and pushed long-simmering privacy concerns to a boil…In hours of interviews with The Washington Post this week, Wylie traced his work for the data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica, his growing misgivings before he quit in 2014 and his shock and horror when the company’s most famous client, Donald Trump, won the presidency nearly two years later…”

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