Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Zuckerberg Testimony Doesn't Change Our View on Facebook

Zuckerberg Testimony Doesn't Change Our View on Facebook

Zuckerberg said Facebook had been led to believe Cambridge Analytica had deleted the user data it had harvested and that had been "clearly a mistake". In addition, Russian operatives used bogus accounts in an effort to sow discord and shape voter opinion during the campaign. It goes to show you that even Mark Zuckerberg isn't safe from the monster he's created. The time limit given to each representative mostly prohibited them from getting good detail from the Facebook founder.

He also is to testify Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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During almost five hours of questioning by 44 USA senators, Zuckerberg repeated apologies he previously made for a range of problems that have beset Facebook, from a lack of data protection to Russian agents using Facebook to influence US elections. He just want to self-regulate problems as they arise.

Democratic Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey asked for a yes-or-no answer on whether he'd commit to changing default settings to minimize the collection of users' data. Zuckerberg called that an "an enforcement error" that's been resolved. Still, it is notable that Zuckerberg confirmed the company's cooperation with Mueller's team.

"We expected them to do a number of more traditional cyber-attacks, which we did identify and notify the campaigns that they were trying to hack into them".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is back on Capitol Hill.

At the Senate hearing, Zuckerberg said he was willing to consider new restrictions, and agreed to send suggestions to Congress. Senators signalled they may move to rein in Facebook, which has thrived as part of an online industry that has largely escaped regulation. Zuckerberg, again, said he would not.

At the hearing, Zuckerberg said: "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake". Take that as you will.

NBC reported that Zuckerberg prepared for his testimony by participating in four practice sessions.

"Mr. Zuckerberg, I will say there are a great many Americans who I think are deeply concerned that that Facebook and other tech companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship", stated Cruz, as quoted by a Bloomberg Government transcript.

Larger, more dominant companies like Facebook have the resources to comply with government regulation, he said, but "that might be more hard for a smaller startup to comply with". Zuckerberg has been on an apology tour for most of the past two weeks, culminating in his congressional appearances this week.

Discussing the role of a Cambridge University professor in the data captured by Cambridge Analytica, Zuckerberg said it's necessary to determine "whether there's something bad going on at Cambridge University overall that will require stronger action".

"The goal of that user agreement is to cover Facebook's rear end".

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