Facebook COO hints at paid service to protect user data

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A Facebook executive is hinting that users of the popular social media site and app who want to protect their data might end up having to pay for that opportunity.

Sheryl Sandberg, who serves as the company’s chief operating officer, told NBC’s Today show on Friday, “We have different forms of opt-out. We don’t have an opt-out at the highest level. That would be a paid product.”

She did not offer any further details or timeline as to when such a service would be offered, or how much it would cost.

Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, have been attempting to restore public trust in their company and products, in the wake of revelations that Cambridge Analytica obtained 87 million users’ data and used the information for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

To that effect, the company also announced on Friday in a press release that any advertiser promoting a topics such as gun control or abortion will need to be verified, in an effort to stop user manipulation.

Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify about the data breach before congressional committees in April.

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