Facebook exposed many South Africans’ data (which was then sold on) in huge leak

At least 59 777 South African Facebook users were potentially impacted by the Facebook, Cambridge Analytica data breach.

The breach affected more than 87 million Facebook users, worldwide.

In 2013, Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan developed a personality quiz app.

Through the app, Kogan scraped the data of all the friends of those who downloaded the app, which Facebook allowed at the time.

According to Facebook, 33 users in South Africa downloaded the quiz app and the 59 777 were friends of those who would have installed the app elsewhere in the world.

Kogan sold the data to Cambridge Analytica.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Stuff magazine editor Craig Wilson.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).

We don’t know how much of the information is out there… nor what people have done with it… The problem is potentially enormous, but we can’t be sure.

Craig Wilson, Stuff

It’s clear we’re being manipulated…

Craig Wilson, Stuff

It [Facebook share price] has taken somewhat of a pounding… There aren’t any really massively compelling alternatives… They have a good chance of remaining user-heavy.

Craig Wilson, Stuff

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