Chesterfield business to delete Facebook page

A Chesterfield business is deleting its Facebook page amid the data scandal engulfing the social networking site.

Monday, 2nd April 2018, 5:25 pm
Updated Monday, 2nd April 2018, 5:30 pm
Facebook has been caught up in a data scandal.

Staff at aGeek - an award-winning electronics retailer and repair centre on West Bars - have voiced strong concern after it emerged the data of about 50 million Facebook users had been harvested and passed on to a political consultancy.

Bryn Wadsworth-Allan, managing director at aGeek, said the firm was taking the 'big step' of deleting its presence on Facebook - but believed it was 'the right thing to do'.

He added: "We feel it would be wrong for us to support a platform which doesn't have the same morals and values as we do with regards to integrity and honesty in data protection matters.

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"We believe that Facebook has let us, our customers and society as a whole down which is why we're deleting our page.

"We've spoken to other local companies which are doing the same thing

"We pull in around 40 per cent of our custom base through Facebook - but I want people to know that we're still here even though we won't be on Facebook anymore."

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has taken out full-page advertisements in several UK and US newspapers to apologise for the data breach, adding his company could have done more to stop it from happening.

He vowed to take action and prevent such an incident from happening again.

"We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you," Mr Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.