- Reuters/Charles Platiau
- Facebook announced Friday that 30 million users were affected by a massive hack it first made public two weeks ago.
- The reaction – as perhaps expected – has been extremely negative across the internet.
- People are pointing to the irony of Facebook launching the Portal, its in-home hardware device, earlier this week and are calling for Zuckerberg to be fired.
Facebook announced Friday that 30 million users were affected by a massive hack it first made public two weeks ago.
Reactions across the internet have been extremely negative.
— Jeremy Whiteley (@jeremywhiteley) October 12, 2018
Some can’t believe that just this week, Facebook launched its in-home hardware product – Portal -which comes equipped with a camera and microphone.
just a reminder that facebook announced an in-home, always-listening camera tablet THIS WEEK https://t.co/YwlesivxBn
— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) October 12, 2018
The #deletefacebook hashtag has been a trend since the Cambridge Analytica scandal in March, but for some, Friday’s news was the last straw.
Holy fucking shit. The Facebook hackers got *everything* on me. Fuck you Facebook, and good bye. pic.twitter.com/Mm0uzPuGpF
— Mike Dudas (@mdudas) October 12, 2018
Others are pointing to the fact that Messenger Kids, its chat app for children, was called out for not being affected in the hack, raising questions about why we should put kids at risk of being on Facebook at all.
the fact that Facebook even has to SAY Messenger Kids wasn't affected makes it clear that Kids on Facebook were at risk using Facebook.
still no really good answer from facebook as to why users should continue to trust Facebook with their data.
— rat king (@MikeIsaac) October 12, 2018
Some are just looking for an apology.
Worth noting that Facebook does not say sorry or apologize anywhere in that press release.
— Ryan Mac (@RMac18) October 12, 2018
And with a hack this bad, some are calling for Zuckerberg to finally be fired over its long string of scandals – though given that Zuckerberg has a majority voting stake in the company, that’s extremely unlikely.
It is *amazing* to me that Zuckerberg hasn't publicly fired a slew of people from Facebook's leadership given all the egregiously bad and dumb shit that's come to light over the past 3 years.
— Mat Honan (@mat) October 12, 2018
Here are more reactions to Friday’s announcement.
My account is one the millions affected by the hack on Facebook.
Everyday I want to delete my account from this hell site more. pic.twitter.com/SthKE4H7XJ
— Momen Al-Adl (@momenaladl) October 12, 2018
— Abdellatif Abdelfattah (@Abdella6if) October 12, 2018
Seems likely the Facebook hack was a precursor to follow-up hacks, wherein the stolen personal info is used as fodder for spear-phishing and identity theft. We could be feeling the effects of this for years. https://t.co/hY1YFHnuVm
— Will Oremus (@WillOremus) October 12, 2018