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Hearings Show Congress Doesn't Understand Facebook Well Enough To Regulate It

Hearings Show Congress Doesn't Understand Facebook Well Enough To Regulate It

Mr Zuckerberg was on Capitol Hill for the second time in two days to answer questions about data privacy.

Facebook has been consumed by turmoil for almost a month, since it came to light that millions of users' personal information was wrongly harvested from the website by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign among its clients.

"It is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation", Mr Zuckerberg said, but steered away from any specifics. These days, the Lewiston High School grad is working for a small, nonprofit company called The Center for Humane Technology, which focuses on privacy issues and the idea that many social media platforms and other online services are created to be addicting.

However, the Guardian said that whistleblower Christopher Wylie had looked at some direct messages on Kogan's database, and concluded it was "unclear" whether they had been using by Cambridge Analytica and its associates.

On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we zero in on what Mark Zuckerberg failed to answer during his U.S. congressional appearances, about just how much data Facebook collects - and the control users have over it.

Yes, numerous illustrious senators and representatives assembled devoted their limited minutes with the CEO of one of the biggest companies in the United States to addressing some very simple elements of how Facebook works (which is lucky for Zuckerberg because he had to concentrate most of his energy on modulating his face in the very natural way that humans do). The site has access to your data and can do with it whatever it pleases, as evidenced by the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica debacle.

The interviewer asked if Facebook would ever sell people's personal information, and Zuckerberg responded firmly in the negative.

The Facebook founder was grilled with basic queries about the company's business model to everything about data privacy, political ads, censorship, and the works.

"Fifteen perrcent of our panelists said there is nothing Facebook can do to regain trust as they are just ready to move on to something else", wrote Carolina Milanesi, principal analyst at market intelligence firm Creative Strategies, who worked on the survey with Techpinions.

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Yet privacy advocates say some of Facebook's current practices appear to violate the new European law, called the General Data Protection Regulation.

After a testy exchange with Zuckerberg, Rep Diana DeGette, a Democrat from Colorado, said Congress should consider imposing "really robust penalties" for social media companies that repeatedly compromise user information.

And it's good news for anyone who owns shares in Facebook, they should be happy as they will be slightly richer also.

"Oil you can actually see, data you cannot", Bhatt said.

The company has faced pressure over Messenger Kids, its new messaging app for kids ages 6 to 12, amid concerns about tech, smartphone and social media addiction. "I'm aware that there may be, but we are working with them". "That's under way, I imagine we'll find some things". You can take down your photos, but not the record of who reacted to them. "And if you want to see what pages I like, again, not sure what that's going to get you", she said in an email.

Zuckerberg may deflect the attention of Congress, but there's no ducking the judgment of other tech executives who also rely on data to build their businesses.

The data was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica by an academic who gathered data on users and their friends through a questionnaire app on Facebook.

More: Did Zuckerberg just suggest a paid, ad-free version of Facebook?


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