35 000 Bulgarians are affected by the Facebook scandal

The material is about a piece of news announced during the regular news and current affairs programme of the Bulgarian National Television (BNT) “Worldwide and in our country” and published on the website of the BNT about the number of Bulgarians affected by the Analytica misuse of data. It also provides information about an initiative of the BNT to support people whose personal data has been abused or affected by the Analytica methods of collecting and processing information.

“Personal data of over 35,000 Bulgarian Facebook users may have been misappropriated by Cambridge Analytica,” Peter Georgiev reports. This was the answer facebook provided to a request for explanation sent by the team of the programme “Worldwide and in our country”.

According to data from the social network, 18 Bulgarians have downloaded an application in the form of a poll giving access to personal information. However, the number of affected people is more than 35,718 times as the app has got access to their friends and respectively to their profiles.

In addition to contact list, user information included details such as email, birthday, hometown, place of residence, photos, videos, likes, and social network posts. Not all users are equally affected as app permissions have changed over time.

“We used the most extensive methodology possible.” Facebook said. “This is our best estimate of the number of people who directly installed the app and the number of friends whose data may have been collected.”

Facebook has already begun to notify at least 87 million worldwide users involved in the scandal.

For “Worldwide and in our country”, the company explained 97.2% of the installers were probably from the United States. 81.6% of all affected – participants in the poll and their friends, were staying in the US.

And did you get a statement that you were affected? Write us on news@bnt.bg or on the Facebook page of “Worldwide and in Bulgaria” is the appeal of the BNT.

35 000 българи са засегнати от скандала с “Фейсбук”

The information is prepared by the team of the COMPACT project.

COMPACT is a Coordination and Support Action funded European Commission under framework Horizon 2020.

The objective of the COMPACT project is to increase awareness (including scientific, political, cultural, legal, economic and technical areas) of the latest technological discoveries among key stakeholders in the context of social media and convergence. The project will offer analyses and road maps of related initiatives. In addition, extensive research on policies and regulatory frameworks in media and content will be developed.

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