In mild of the huge knowledge scandal involving Cambridge Analytica across the 2016 U.S. presidential election, lots of people puzzled how one thing like that might’ve occurred. Effectively, Facebook didn’t see it coming, Fb COO Sheryl Sandberg mentioned on the Code convention this night.
“When you return to 2016 and you concentrate on what individuals had been fearful about when it comes to nations, states or election safety, it was largely spam and phishing hacking,” Sandberg mentioned. “That’s what individuals had been fearful about.”
She referenced the Sony e mail hack and the way Fb didn’t have a number of the issues different corporations had been having on the time. Sadly, whereas Fb was targeted on not screwing up in that space, “we didn’t see coming a special sort of extra insidious menace,” Sandberg mentioned.
Sandberg added, “We realized we didn’t see the brand new menace coming. We had been targeted on the previous menace and now we perceive that that is the sort of menace we now have.”
Shifting ahead, Sandberg mentioned, Fb now understands the menace and that it’s higher in a position to meet these threats main in to future elections. On stage, Sandberg additionally mentioned Fb was not solely late to discovering Cambridge Analytica’s unauthorized entry to its knowledge, however that Fb nonetheless doesn’t know precisely what knowledge Cambridge Analytica accessed. Fb was within the midst of conducting its personal audit when the U.Ok. authorities determined to conduct one among their very own, subsequently placing Fb’s on maintain.
“They didn’t have any knowledge that we might’ve recognized as ours,” Sandberg mentioned. “To today, we nonetheless don’t know what knowledge Cambridge Analytica had.”