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Zuckerberg Testifies Before Congress: 9 Things to Know

Zuckerberg Testifies Before Congress: 9 Things to Know

"We're getting ready to overreact". The main man himself also revealed that he wasn't immune to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, as his data was vacuumed like everyone else. While Facebook continues to insist that this remains an "opt-in" feature, the fact is that the app's set-up process doesn't really clarify that at first glance.

"It's pretty obvious to me that someone is listening to the audio on our phones", Buschon said. "I think the company was appreciative that I was raising awareness about it, but they ultimately didn't make enough changes to close the vulnerabilities, which would have prevented Cambridge Analytica from happening". Others asked the CEO about Facebook's restriction of a page belonging to pro-Trump vloggers "Diamond and Silk". "You need freedom from surveillance to do that".

Zuckerberg also appeared willing to work with lawmakers on possible regulations, which we think may actually create a barrier to entry in the social network space and help Facebook maintain its market leadership.

But even in this hesitant camp, lawmakers showed a willingness to do just that. On Tuesday, he took questions for almost five hours in a US Senate hearing without making any further promises to support new legislation or change how the social network does business, foiling attempts by senators to pin him down.

On Tuesday, Zuckerberg apologised several times for Facebook failures, disclosing that his company was "working with" special counsel Robert Mueller in the federal probe of Russian election interference. What Facebook is selling to political campaigns is the same thing Uber is selling to its drivers and customers and what YouTube is selling to advertisers who hope to reach an audience of children - namely, the right to bypass longstanding rules and regulations in order to act with impunity.

Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal in mid-March - the serious misuse of around 87 million people's Facebook data - the technology giant's market value had dropped by nearly $80 billion over a matter of days.




The data debacle sparked outrage over consumer privacy, but also reignited broader concerns about Facebook's impact on privacy, civil discourse and domestic institutions around the world.

Countries where the percentage was lower, like Japan, tend to be places where people aren't as likely to use Facebook. After calling messaging through WhatsApp "email", he wondered if Facebook could collect that information.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologized to United States lawmakers Tuesday for the leak of personal data on tens of millions of users as he faced a day of reckoning before a Congress mulling regulation of the global social media giant.In his first-ever U.S. congressional appearance, the Facebook founder and chief executive sought to quell the storm over privacy and security lapses at the social network that have angered lawmakers and Facebook's two billion users.

"Many of the solutions you're hearing members of Congress and groups like ours call for are comprehensive privacy solutions". Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which was a clear deception of user trust, the FTC announced that it was opening an investigation into Facebook's privacy practices.

Lewis expects this to be more of a "deliberative" year for Congress on this front, rather than a year that sees much new legislation passed.


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