Facebook is about to tell you if your data was swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
The 87 million users who might have had their data shared are supposed to get a detailed message on their news feeds starting today.
More than 70 million of the affected users are in the US, but more than 300,000 Australian users had their personal information exposed too.
As part of the rollout, every Facebook user will also get a notification about protecting their information, whether they’ve been affected or not.
Mr Zuckerberg is about to testify before US Congress about the scandal.
In some prepared remarks that have been released early, he says Facebook has notified all affected users.
Since those remarks are set for Wednesday morning US time, this means everyone who was affected should see a message by then.
We asked Facebook Australia about the notification, and while it didn’t have any specific details about when the affected Australians would be notified, the company did say it could be as early as today.
No one has received a message…yet
Associated Press reporters around the world have been surveying users, none of whom has reported seeing anything from Facebook.
There appear to be no social media reports of notifications, and Facebook had no immediate comment on the matter.
The BBC is reporting that for UK users, the messages will roll out from around midday London time.
When you do get the notification, it’ll look like this
It’ll appear at the top of your Facebook newsfeed.
If you get the message on the left, or a version of it, you’re in the clear. However you are still given an option to review which apps you share your information with.
If you get the message on the right, your data was caught up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In Facebook’s example message, the company suggests how Cambridge Analytica might have accessed your data via a friend.
“We have banned the website ‘This Is Your Digital Life’, which one of your friends used Facebook to log into. We did this because the website may have misused some of your Facebook information by sharing it with a company called Cambridge Analytica,” the image reads.
The post says users can “learn more about what happened” and tighten privacy settings by clicking or tapping on a button marked “See how you’re affected”.
“There is more work to do, but we are committed to confronting abuse and to putting you in control of your privacy,” the message ends.
In his remarks to Congress, Mr Zuckerberg admits to a ‘big mistake’
He’s already apologised to users in full-page ads in multiple US and British newspapers, but the Facebook CEO will do it again when he appears before Congress.
Here’s an excerpt from Mr Zuckerberg’s remarks:
“It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”
Russian election interference will also come up.
Mr Zuckerberg will say that Facebook is “working hard to get better”.
“We will continue working with the government to understand the full extent of Russian interference, and we will do our part not only to ensure the integrity of free and fair elections around the world, but also to give everyone a voice and to be a force for good in democracy everywhere,” Mr Zuckerberg says.
The Facebook CEO expects to get grilled
Mr Zuckerberg says the company is dealing with issues around “privacy, safety, and democracy”.
“You will rightfully have some hard questions for me to answer,” he will tell Congress.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson met with Mr Zuckerberg ahead of the hearing and said afterward that he was “forthright and honest to the degree he could” be in the private, one-on-one meeting.
Senator Nelson said he believes Mr Zuckerberg is taking the upcoming congressional hearings seriously “because he knows there is going to be a hard look at regulation.”
“I think he understands that regulation could be right around the corner,” he said.