Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Zuckerberg back on Capitol Hill for second day of testimony

Zuckerberg back on Capitol Hill for second day of testimony

However, Zuckerberg's answer to that was - "It certainly doesn't feel like that to me".

I know, it's scary to think you'll suddenly be cut off from high school friends you no longer talk to in real life. Of course, Upton's follow-up question - asking Zuckerberg what regulation he would like to see - does not seem like the best way to shackle Facebook.

"Was your data included in the data sold to the malicious third parties?" "There are critical, unanswered questions surrounding Facebook's business model and the entire digital ecosystem regarding online privacy and consumer protection".

The Cambridge Analytica scandal in which personal data of over 87 million Facebook users, including 500,000 Indians, was compromised, has not hit the social media platform in a significant way in terms of people deactivating their accounts.

"One of my greatest regrets in running the company is that we were slow in identifying the Russian information operations in 2016", he said.

Mark Zuckerberg is set to return to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, where the Facebook chief executive will face off against a second panel of congressional lawmakers ready to grill him about the social network's privacy practices and efforts to combat disinformation, including Russian propaganda.

It couldn't be easier to watch Mark Zuckerberg's congress live stream.

Their exchange was as follows: "Mr. Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?" Speaking to the Senate, he rebuffed the question for a full minute before conceding that Facebook tracks that information, but argued that most users understand that and desire it. The 33-year-old Zuckerberg is vowing that the company is now investigating all apps and says the company will do a better job at regulating access to data.

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Seemingly unimpressed, Republican Sen. When reached for clarification, a Facebook spokesman said Wednesday that the company's estimate already includes the possible other affected users. "How is today's apology different?"

He added that Facebook is cooperating with the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Would an ad-free, paid version of Facebook work, anyway?

Much of the effort was aimed at denigrating Democrat Hillary Clinton and thereby helping Republican Trump, or simply encouraging divisiveness and undercutting faith in the US system.

Some of the concerns that were repeatedly raised by the questions senators posed were surrounding data privacy and what Facebook itself was doing with data, targeted advertising and, of course, about the infamous Cambridge Analytica data breach, how it could have been avoided and what actions Facebook took before and after it became aware of the breach. He said Facebook had considered the data collection "a closed case" and had not alerted the Federal Trade Commission.

"He's giving the same responses to the same questions from different senators", said Helio Fred Garcia, a professor of crisis management at NYU and Columbia University in NY.

"Zuckerberg's testimony demonstrated that the company has matured over the last decade, in particular in his acknowledgement that Facebook is responsible for the content shared on its platform", said University of DE communications professor Dannagal Young. "Why didn't the audits that you had to submit under the FTC consent decree find these problems?"

Zuckerberg said at a House hearing Wednesday that it is "inevitable that there will be some sort of regulation".

"Acknowledging responsibility for the content shared on the platform changes how Facebook ought to engage in gatekeeping and fact-checking, and how the government might go about regulating the industry". Informative, awkward, meme-worthy, take your pick!

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