- Bernie Sanders calls Bloomberg’s wealth ‘grotesque’ to his face Wednesday 9:53 PM
- Angry Bloomberg asks debate moderators if he’s ‘chicken liver’ Wednesday 9:29 PM
- Elizabeth Warren savages everyone else’s healthcare plan Wednesday 9:07 PM
- K-Pop stans help push ‘Pooping for Kaitlin’ hashtag mocking Kent State gun girl Wednesday 8:54 PM
- Fans speculate after learning Pop Smoke posted address prior to fatal home invasion Wednesday 8:11 PM
- Jar of human tongues found in Florida has people shook Wednesday 6:39 PM
- Video of Blueface teaching Obama lookalike to dance is turning heads Wednesday 5:58 PM
- ‘No one has the range’ for this meme Wednesday 5:21 PM
- Mom confronts man who followed daughter through grocery store in viral video Wednesday 5:05 PM
- Major study linking vaping to heart attacks gets retracted Wednesday 4:36 PM
- George Zimmerman is suing Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren Wednesday 2:55 PM
- Netflix’s ‘Horse Girl’ accused of ripping off 2017 indie film Wednesday 2:52 PM
- The Genyus Network is a safe social space for stroke survivors Wednesday 2:20 PM
- MAGA hat-wearing dog finishes last in ‘Today Show’ fan vote—still named winner Wednesday 2:03 PM
- Reddit users share stories of the worst things guests have done in their homes Wednesday 1:25 PM
But even after all this time, there are still several important questions the social network hasn’t addressed. Fortunately, we got a few answers from the company’s COO Sheryl Sandberg on Tuesday at Recode’s annual Code Conference.
When asked how Facebook failed to protect users from Cambridge Analytica, Sandberg explained that the company was focused on other threats at the time. Citing the Sony Pictures hack of 2014, the exec claims Facebook didn’t have the same problems other companies did earlier in the decade. As it focused its attention on more common attacks, like phishing scams, “we didn’t see coming a different kind of more insidious threat,” Sandberg said.
“We realized we didn’t see the new threat coming,” Sandberg continues. “We were focused on the old threat and now we understand that this is the kind of threat we have.”
Sandberg claims Facebook is now equipped with the knowledge and tools to prevent a similar incident, but she admitted no one knows exactly what data Cambridge Analytica exploited.
“They didn’t have any data that we could’ve identified as ours,” Sandberg said. “To this day, we still don’t know what data Cambridge Analytica had.”
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“The ability of anyone to know what you’ve been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of your life—from my own point of view, it shouldn’t exist,” Cook said at the time.
Echoing Zuckerberg, Sandberg said, “Mark and I strongly disagree with their characterization of our product.”
Despite the controversies swirling around it, Facebook continues to grow. It beat Q1 expectations with 49 percent growth in revenue to $11.97 billion and its daily active users increased 13 percent year-over-year to 1.45 billion.
Its financial success raises questions about the potential for lawmakers to enact regulation that prevents it from growing out of control. When asked about the prospect, Sandberg said she expects to draw more questions from regulators as Facebook makes further acquisitions. However, she also said a major acquisition would “probably be allowed” if it was an expansion of Facebook, not part of its core business.
Phillip Tracy is a former technology staff writer at the Daily Dot. He's an expert on smartphones, social media trends, and gadgets. He previously reported on IoT and telecom for RCR Wireless News and contributed to NewBay Media magazine. He now writes for Laptop magazine.