Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Mark Zuckerberg Is in the Hot Seat Again

Mark Zuckerberg Is in the Hot Seat Again

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has fronted US Congress about the social media site's data usage controversy. "I don't want to vote to have to regulate Facebook, but by God I will", Sen.

Asked if his employees had been interviewed, he again responded yes but added: "I have not", CNN reported.

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Earlier this week, Zuckerberg emerged largely unscathed after facing hours of questioning from United States lawmakers on how the personal information of several million Facebook users might have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. "I was informed that Facebook is planning an extensive audit on all those apps, but that it will take a long time", Jourova said. He attended by his own choice and is not on trial, he is merely there to help congress understand the situation.

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The Facebook chief also told the panel that his company had introduced new privacy controls, but stopped short of saying he would be willing to alter the company's business model to better protect user privacy.

Zuckerberg was answering a question from Rep Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, when he informed lawmakers about his personal data, a reference to the Cambridge Analytica scandal that has rocked his company over the past several weeks. Zuckerberg's "Senator, we run ads", is all of us explaining Facebook to our grandparents. Although he was a little hazy on the details of how and when this would happen.

Mark Zuckerberg's second day of congressional testimony didn't go quite as smoothly as his first. For this appearance, however, he has clearly had a ton of media training, and he has appeared calm and collected - even managing to crack a joke or two. The social network recently started notifying users who had their information scooped up. Gary Peters (D-MI)."No", Zuckerberg replied, firmly. "You don't even know how many kinds of information you're logging". He asked Zuckerberg about hate speech, in places like Myanmar. How hard is it for an algorithm to recognise a racial slur, for example?

Facebook tracks "certain information for ads and security".

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.

Despite being the head honcho, Zuckerberg himself also revealed that he was included in the data "sold to the malicious third parties", which likely isn't surprising given that pretty much every user on the platform was affected. The hearings were meant to inform lawmakers of Facebook's approach to data handling and privacy in the wake of recent revelations that political consulting firm Cambridge Anlaytica improperly obtained data on up to 87 million Facebook users from the academic, Aleksandr Kogan.

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.

- "If I'm emailing within WhatsApp.does that inform your advertisers?"

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