In the wake of Facebook’s scandal regarding Cambridge Analytica and the collection of private information without consent, British musical group Massive Attack have announced they are deleting their profile on the platform.
News surfaced earlier this week via the New York Times outlining how Facebook was part of a scheme conducted by Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm that Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign hired, to collect private information from over 50 million Facebook users without their permission. Facebook has since released a statement:
“The claim that this is a data breach is completely false. Aleksandr Kogan requested and gained access to information from users who chose to sign up to his app, and everyone involved gave their consent. People knowingly provided their information, no systems were infiltrated, and no passwords or sensitive pieces of information were stolen or hacked.”
While Facebook’s statement seems to point out they did nothing wrong in this situation, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told CNN that Cambridge Analytica’s mining of user informtation "was clearly a mistake" and "I'm really sorry that this happened".
Now Massive Attack, who are clearly frustrated with how Facebook operates and uses user information, announced they have left the platform. The news was shared in a Facebook post before they deleted their page:
“In light of [Facebook]’s continued disregard for your privacy, their lack of transparency and disregard for accountability - Massive Attack will be temporarily withdrawing from [Facebook]. We sincerely hope they change their policies around these issues.”
The group also suggested that fans visit their official website for all Massive Attack news moving forward.
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