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Facebook Mega Breach: How to protect your information on the site

Posted at 7:49 AM, Mar 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-22 07:49:34-04

Facebook is under fire after a data firm with ties to President Trumps’ campaign reportedly accessed information from tens of millions of users without their consent.

Facebook says the data was originally collected for academic purposes. However, it somehow was transferred to third party firm Cambridge Analytica and others, a violation of their policy.

According to CNN, Facebook asked the company to delete the data back in 2015 but found out just days ago, they hadn’t deleted all of it. 

Cambridge Analytica claims they didn’t break any rules. The company’s CEO Alexander Nix was suspended this week pending an investigation.

It’s still unclear how the data may have been used in Trumps’ 2016 bid or why Facebook wasn’t able to stop it from happening.

“Facebook is mining your activity and what you’re looking at and looking at your age and your demographics and selling that information to advertisers. That's how they’re making money,” said Bob Roloff, president of Team Logic IT in Fort Myers. “Every time you  put something out there, you’re trusting the people you’re putting it out to to protect it for you”

To manage the apps that use your Facebook information, go to settings, then click on apps on any browser.

“Use multiple complex passwords and  try not to put anything out there that you don’t need to,” Roloff said.

In a Facebook post Wedneday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, "I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again."