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Zuckerberg assures Congress that Facebook is not listening to users' conversations

Zuckerberg assures Congress that Facebook is not listening to users' conversations

Jourova said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should accept the invitation to speak before the European Parliament. These accounts are used to post more personal or private images and information users aren't comfortable sharing on their original accounts.

"Lay people generally talk about who owns the data and that doesn't exactly line up with how the law works", Fraser said. "We built this service to do that".

In a certain exchange between Senator Lindsey Graham and Zuckerberg, Graham asked if the CEO felt that Facebook has become a monopoly.

Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal, there's been renewed attention to online privacy settings. Zuckerberg confirmed that his company was cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 US Presidential election.

But the company has not clarified its privacy policy yet. "I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here".

In contrast to the relatively gentle first Senate hearing on Tuesday, House lawmakers were more pointed with their questions on Wednesday, with several of them interrupting Zuckerberg when they felt he was giving evasive answers. Some of the House members curtly cut him off in questioning, trying to make the most of their four minutes each.

"This was a breach of trust, and I'm sorry we didn't do more at the time", Zuckerberg said, reiterating an apology first made last week in U.S. television interviews.

You can find out if you were one of the people who had their data taken, by clicking here.

About a year ago, a new usage of the photo-sharing platform Instagram was introduced. "Although they might be making some changes today in response to public and regulatory pressure, this needs to be seen as an outcome of very permissive attitudes towards those companies".




Wrapping up his four minutes, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., commended the platform, saying "it's wonderful for us seniors to connect with our relatives".

On regulation, Zuckerberg said he was open to it.

"As long as there are people sitting in Russian Federation whose job it is to try and interfere with elections around the world, this is going to be an ongoing conflict", the 33-year-old billionaire said as he was prepared to testify again, this time before a House panel.

Facebook Chief Executive apologised to Britons on Sunday over a "breach of trust", taking out full page advertisements in British newspapers after a political consultancy got its hands on data on 50 million users.

Zuckerberg told Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) that there would always be a free version of Facebook, but that a paid option might be a possibility later. Facebook has since been under pressure to increase transparency around the treatment of users' data. Cambridge Analytica then obtained the data and was said to have used it to try to influence elections around the world. "You didn't know how many other firms have been sold data by Dr. Kogan other than Cambridge Analytica and Eunoia Technologies, even though you were asked that question yesterday - and yes, we were all paying attention yesterday".

The company does this by using different techniques integrated into pages around the web.

That may be enough to satisfy lawmakers for now.

"We do need to know whether there was something bad going on at Cambridge University overall that will require a stronger action from us", he said.


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