Cecilia King, reporting for The New York Times:
Facebook on Wednesday said the personal information of up to 87
million people, most of them Americans, may have been improperly
shared during the 2016 election with Cambridge Analytica, a
political consulting firm connected to President Trump.
The new figure sharply increased the company’s previous estimate
of how many users’ information was harvested by Cambridge
Analytica. For weeks, Facebook had said that the data of about 50
million users was at issue.
Do you want to bet it’s actually a lot more than 87 million, and they’ll announce that bigger number in a few weeks? The drip-drip-drip PR strategy is an old trick, and Facebook utilizes it every time they have bad news involving a number of users. First they announce a low number, then a higher number, and then an even higher number. Notice that their mistakes always — always — start low and then go high. They never once announce that their original number was too high.
Update: The Washington Post:
Facebook said Wednesday that most of its 2 billion users likely have had their public profiles scraped by outsiders without the users’ explicit permission, dramatically raising the stakes in a privacy controversy that has dogged the company for weeks, spurred investigations in the United States and Europe, and sent the company’s stock price tumbling.
OK, that 2 billion number probably isn’t a lowball, because that’s everyone.
★ Wednesday, 4 April 2018