And that’s just a small part of the 87 million total.
The true extent of the data shared with Cambridge Analytica by Facebook was revealed by the company’s CTO overnight. The figure has now expanded from 50 million users, to 87 million, and the company has now broken down where in the world that data has come from.
The vast majority comes from users in the United States, but CTO Mike Schroepfer has revealed that 311,127 Australian users have also had their data “improperly shared”, as he said in this blog post. Afterward, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted to his own role in the breach of trust, as reported by The Guardian.
“I started this place, I run it, I’m responsible for what happens here,” he said in a conference call following his CTO’s post. “I’m going to do the best job I can going forward. I’m not looking to throw anyone under the bus for mistakes I’ve made.”
Zuckerberg is due to face Congress in the US in one week’s time. Here’s the full breakdown of where the data came from by nation: