Mark Zuckerberg said in a call with reporters on Wednesday that the company got to that number by looking at the maximum number of friends its users had at the time. However, if the sender wishes to delete certain messages, it will not affect the receiver's end. The recipients of Zuckerberg's messages weren't informed before that happened. Through these 335 users, other 5,62,120 facebook friends were additionally affected, which means about 0.22% of Indian users may have been affected. The Sony messages included disparaging remarks about movie stars and other people in the entertainment industry. The company apologized for not doing so sooner.
It all begins on Monday.. However, malicious actors have also abused these features to scrape public profile information by submitting phone numbers or email addresses they already have through search and account recovery.
On Thursday the Silicon Valley behemoth admitted that it believes that most of its 2 billion users have had their data misused at some point.
The ICO has been reviewing the use of data analytics for political purposes since May 2017 and is now investigating 30 organizations, including Facebook, Denham said. "Any of these people must be asking themselves if theirs is among the 44,687 Irish profiles that Facebook now says may have been affected by the data breach", Mr O'Callaghan said.
"Facebook doesn't have an office in Myanmar", Jes Kaliebe Petersen, CEO of Phandeeyar, a Yangon tech hub that signed the letter, told AFP.
So "we don't have an opt-out at the highest level", she acknowledged.
The company is facing a global backlash over the improper data-sharing scandal. "If there is no adequate response to these requests, legal action can be taken to require them to comply".
Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg issued her own admission in interviews, stating that Facebook had not invested enough in security. While users can send disappearing messages on Messenger à la Snapchat, they can't retroactively delete their own messages from other people's inboxes.
Facebook has been on the defensive against allegations its platform has helped fuel communal bloodshed in Myanmar, a mainly Buddhist country accused of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims.
Facebook said it remains "strongly committed to protecting people's information".
In recent weeks, Facebook has made changes to the platform and its policies regarding access to user data and transparency.
In total, Facebook believes that as many as 87 million users - mostly in the US - had their personal information shared with Cambridge Analytica.
The university researcher referenced, Aleksandr Kogan, allegedly developed This Is Your Digital Life, which allowed Cambridge Analytica to potentially unlawfully collect the data of up to 87 million Facebook users, as of Facebook's last estimate.