(AP/CBS) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is admitting mistakes and outlining steps to protect user data in light of privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm.
Zuckerberg broke more than four days of silence as he posted an update about the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook page Wednesday that Facebook has a “responsibility” to protect its users’ data, and “if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.”
Zuckerberg and Facebook’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, have been quiet since news broke Friday that Cambridge may have used data improperly obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to sway elections.
Some users have been leaving the social network or at least considering it, CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports.
“I think nowadays everything we put online on Facebook is so vulnerable that it makes sense,” said Jessica Firlej. “People are being more cautious.”
Alex Theoharis, who owns Ground Up Coffee, said he gave up years ago.
“It got rid of it because it was too personal online,” he said.
However, recruiters often look at our online presence to help judge job candidates, says John Challenger, of Challenger Gray and Christmas.
No Facebook presence might have them skipping over your resume, he said.
“If you decide to remove yourself from that you risk damaging your career.,” he said.
Facebook’s stock is down 9 percent since Friday.