6 April 2018
Facebook's chief operating officer said the social media company failed to protect users' information during an interview with PBS NewsHour on Thursday.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, FACEBOOK SHERYL SANDBERG said "Well let's be clear what happened here. In this case, we had a feature that enabled you to find your friends , you could find your friends by their name or their email or their phone number. That was a good use and really important to a lot of people. People who should not have scraped that data and made a directory of it. But, what matters here is that all of the information they received was already public. They did not scrape any private data. So, it was information people had already listed on Facebook publicly. Now, that doesn't make it OK. We shut down this use case. We're glad we found it."
Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg will testify on April 10 and 11 to Congress.