Researcher Aleksandr Kogan who’s at the center of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal is sorry for the ordeal, the data scientists said in an interview on CBS show 60 Minutes, having added that he was still surprised to learn that the social media network’s users were largely unaware that the company and developers behind third-party Facebook apps are harvesting their data and using it for advertising. Mr. Kogan acknowledged his initial assumption that users were aware how free services make money was wrong, stating that what happened in 2014 “was not right and was not wise” even though he first thought what he’s doing is nothing out of the ordinary as far as Facebook developer practices are concerned.
Facebook is now considering suing Mr. Kogan over the matter, its Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg revealed during a congressional testimony earlier this month. The controversy itself is likely to have far-reaching consequences for both the world’s largest social media network and other digital companies in the country, as well as other parts of the world, many industry watchers agree. U.S. lawmakers still don’t have a firm plan for regulating the Silicon Valley’s data collection practices but are expected to make some concrete moves on that front in the coming months.