Monday was already a busy day for news for technical journalists. Then there is the next episode of Swinging, the podcast from New York Times’ Kara Swisher will be available for listening, and the new topic of the interview is none other than Apple CEO Tim Cook.
On Friday, Swisher teased that the conversation with Cook would cover everything – from the drama in the App Store around Parler to the enmity of the iPhone maker with Facebook – the latter of which inadvertently handed Cook more ammunition for use against the giant on social networks. while continuing to argue that Facebook is terrible. In case you haven’t heard, there’s another huge data leak on Facebook, covering personal information from more than 533 million Facebook users in 1
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One of the major dangers of leaks like this is that hackers and other malicious participants can use this information to try to access your Facebook account, and frankly, other accounts, now that they have a wealth of information. for you. They may try to reset your password, for example, and use it to cause any other mischief.
On Twitter, Facebook spokeswoman Liz Bourgeois responded to a handful of news articles and posts about the leak by posting the same two-sentence statement: “These are old data that were previously reported in 2019. We discovered and corrected this problem in August 2019. “
In other words, Facebook is responsible for leaking data to several hundred million users (seriously, how many times is that now?), But don’t worry, it’s fine – they’ve solved the problem a long time ago. Not that it does anything to help remove the data that is now in the hands of hackers, but, hey, Facebook has done its thing!
These are old data that were previously reported in 2019. We discovered and fixed this problem in August 2019.
– Liz Bourgeois (@Liz_Shepherd) April 3, 2021
Naturally, many people have found this answer to be monumentally unsatisfactory.
- “How did you fix it?” Someone tweeted in response. “Obviously the data is still there.”
- “How do I change my date of birth?” Reads another answer.
- Also, “I’ve had the same email for a decade. Love these contemptuous answers. “
- And: “You are the communications manager for @Facebook and this is your answer !? How about “We are deeply sorry that your data has been exposed for the second time. Please contact our CS team and we will help you recover and protect your account. “Just try more!”
Needless to say, all of this will help shed even more light on everything Cook says about Facebook during what promises to be a long and in-depth interview with Swisher on Monday. Here are some of the Facebook-related comments from Cook that Swisher has already shared from the upcoming interview:
“Everything we do, Kara, gives the user a choice whether to be tracked or not,” Cook said at one point during the podcast, a reference to changes to iOS that will make it difficult for Facebook to gather data about what its users are doing online. . “And I think it’s hard to argue against that. I was shocked that there was resistance to that extent. “
And then, when Swisher continues to ask him how he thinks this could affect the bottom of Facebook, Apple’s CEO reduces the boom. “Yes, Kara, I’m not focused on Facebook. So I don’t know. “
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