RISE AND FALTER OF AN EM­PIRE

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

2010:

Face­book launches the first ver­sion of its Open Graph API, which al­lows third-party app de­vel­op­ers to ac­cess users’ de­tails.

2011:

The US Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion and Face­book sign a con­sent de­cree in which the com­pany prom­ises it won’t share users’ data with­out their per­mis­sion.

2012:

Face­book Inc goes pub­lic on May 18 (pic­tured right).

2013:

UK-based Strate­gic Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Lab­o­ra­to­ries Group (SCL) founds Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica as its US arm.

2014:

Cam­bridge Univer­sity re­searcher Dr Alek­sandr Ko­gan har­vests data from 270,000 users of his Face­book app, thi­sisy­our­dig­i­tal­life, as well as in­for­ma­tion from mil­lions of their Face­book friends. Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica buys the in­for­ma­tion from Ko­gan in vi­o­la­tion of Face­book’s terms.

2015:

Face­book dis­cov­ers users’ per­sonal de­tails have been sold and de­mands Ko­gan and Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica delete the in­for­ma­tion, but does not fol­low up the re­quest.

2016:

Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica is hired by Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. Trump wins the US elec­tion.

2016:

Rus­sian groups re­port­edly flood Face­book with pro­pa­ganda ads and false in­for­ma­tion dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. Face­book even­tu­ally says Rus­sian ac­counts bought more than $100,000 worth of ads.

2017:

Spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller re­quests files from Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica to in­ves­ti­gate al­leged links to Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in US elec­tion.

2018 March 16:

Face­book sus­pends Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica, claim­ing it lied about delet­ing user data. Face­book says Ko­gan passed that data to SCL and Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica against its terms of ser­vice.

March 17-18:

Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica whistle­blower Christo­pher Wylie re­veals how data from Face­book users was shared with Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica. Data from an es­ti­mated 50 mil­lion users was re­port­edly used to in­flu­ence the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

March, 19-20:

The #DeleteFace­book cam­paign starts as users boy­cott Face­book.

March 21:

Face­book stocks plunge, los­ing $60 bil­lion in value. Zucker­berg tells CNN he is “happy to tes­tify” be­fore US Congress.

March 22:

Zucker­berg says he will “step up”. He an­nounces an au­dit into apps ac­cess­ing large amounts of in­for­ma­tion and plans for new re­stric­tions on user data.

March 25:

Face­book takes out full-page ads in seven UK and three US news­pa­pers to ad­dress the on­go­ing Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica data pri­vacy scan­dal.

March 26:

Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica is ac­cused of break­ing US elec­tion law in a for­mal com­plaint filed to the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion and the Depart­ment of Jus­tice. Politi­cians de­mand Face­book ex­plain it­self.

March 27:

Wylie tells a UK se­lect com­mit­tee the EU ref­er­en­dum was won through fraud, ac­cus­ing “Vote Leave” of im­prop­erly chan­nelling money through a tech firm linked to Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica.

March 28:

Face­book sim­pli­fies the pri­vacy set­tings shown in its app.

April 5:

Zucker­berg con­firms no em­ployee was fired due to the scan­dal, calls it his fault: “At the end of the day this is my re­spon­si­bil­ity”. Face­book says Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica may have had data on 87 mil­lion peo­ple, in­clud­ing more than 311,000 Aus­tralians.

April 6:

Coun­tries in­clud­ing The Nether­lands, Nor­way, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Por­tu­gal si­mul­ta­ne­ously file com­plaints about Face­book break­ing Euro­pean pri­vacy law.

April 11:

Zucker­berg tes­ti­fies be­fore the US House En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee about the Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica scan­dal.

July 26:

Shares plunge 19 per cent.

July 31:

Face­book acts on sus­pected Rus­sia-linked ac­counts.

Novem­ber 14:

The New York Times re­ports Face­book hired a re­search firm to cam­paign against crit­ics.

Novem­ber 27:

Law­mak­ers from Bri­tain, Ire­land, Bel­gium, Canada, France, Ar­gentina, Brazil, Latvia and Sin­ga­pore meet to in­ves­ti­gate dis­in­for­ma­tion.

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