Bad news… If you were forced to log out of Facebook on Friday morning, you aren’t alone. Facebook announced that at least 50 million users had their data exposed to hackers. What to do now? Is social media really safe enough?
As Facebook announced, potentially up to 90 million Facebook users had their data exposed to hackers. At the time of its announcement, Facebook said it had already “fixed the vulnerability and informed law enforcement.” It has also reset the access tokens for every account that it has confirmed to be affected, as well as for every account that has accessed the “View As” feature in the last year, as a precautionary measure. “As a result, around 90 million people will now have to log back in to Facebook, or any of their apps that use Facebook Login,” Facebook said.
The breach, which was discovered this week, was the largest in the company’s 14-year history.
The attackers exploited a feature in Facebook’s code to gain access to user accounts and potentially take control of them.
“People’s privacy and security is incredibly important, and we’re sorry this happened” Facebook said by way of apology. It was a step back from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s previous apologies in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, when he said, “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.”
It’s also in contrast to another recent apology from Facebook, also for the Cambridge Analytica breach, in which Zuckerberg acknowledged that “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake.” And the same is true for nearly all the other apologies Facebook has issued in the past.
At this point, it almost goes without saying that news of the massive security breach comes at a bad time for Facebook, which has come under intense scrutiny this year for everything from privacy scandals to the global disruption of democracy. So if you’re thinking that continuing to use Facebook is less and less worth the risk of having your data exploited, well, once again, you’re not alone.
We cannot stay back and stop using Facebook, as it is our daily life now. However, we should be very careful not only while using Facebook, but also for all the social media platforms in our hands.