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Facebook Regulation Issue Seems To Be Perplexing Lawmakers

12 April, 2018, 06:30 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • Facebook Regulation Issue Seems To Be Perplexing Lawmakers

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook chief executive, has told United States lawmakers that he was among the 87 million users of the platform whose data was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a consultancy firm.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying before a House committee Wednesday, his second day of grilling by lawmakers over concerns about users' privacy.

"It was my mistake, and I'm sorry", Mr Zuckerberg said the improper sharing of 87 million people's information by Cambridge Analytica, a firm working for Mr Donald Trump in 2016.

"The internet is growing in importance around the world in people's lives, and I think that it is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation", he said.

But he pushed back on Congress members' suggestions that users do not have enough control of their data on Facebook in the wake of the privacy scandal at the world's largest social media network.

Zuckerberg also stressed that users have the ability to manage and delete their own data, but he failed to address how hard it can be to purge data shared with third-party companies like apps through Facebook.

Zuckerberg said the European standard, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to come into effect on May 25, was more stringent than what was now in place at Facebook and suggested it could serve as a rough model for USA rules in the future. You can also download a copy of your Facebook data under settings. She cut Zuckerberg off a number of times.


However, in a series of questions on how people can remove data from Facebook, Zuckerberg that Facebook does "collect data on people who are not signed up for Facebook for security purposes".

The 33-year-old CEO said Facebook was in a constant struggle to guard against Russian manipulation of the Facebook platform to influence elections in the USA and elsewhere.

Billy Long asked the 33-year-old during the line of questioning whether or not FaceSmash, the women-ranking site Zuckerberg started prior to Facebook which had used Harvard's school directory, was still operational. To learn more about what information Facebook collects beyond what users knowingly hand over, Lujan asked Zuckerberg on Wednesday about something called "shadow profiles".

"We will be verifying the identity of any advertiser who's running a political ad", Zuckerberg said.

"When you say that you deem us 'unsafe to the community, ' what you're saying is that we are a danger to our community", Hardaway told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Tuesday.

"Those are the ones we're aware of", Cardozo said. Replying a specific question about future of Facebook, Zuckerberg replied that there will always be a version of Facebook that is free. Facebook has come under intense criticism for the Cambridge Analytica leak and for its initial response, which set off a #DeleteFacebook campaign online and sent the stock plunging more than 15 percent. "If I want my information private and it's just getting out there anyway, what other information can they get that I don't want out there?" said ESU senior David Anderson.

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