Lawmakers Seem Very Concerned About A Lack Of Transparency At Facebook

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On Wednesday, he'll face the House Energy and Commerce Committee, bringing his barrage of questioning from Congress to a close.

In the hearings, Zuckerberg is not only trying to restore public trust in his company but also to stave off federal regulations that some lawmakers have floated. "That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy".

A few interesting points: in a response to a question by Vermont senator Patrick Leahy, Zuckerberg said Facebook is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Once there, simply type "Cambridge Analytica" into the search bar at the top of the page, then click on the result that says "How can I tell if my information was shared with Cambridge Analytica?"

Meanwhile, Facebook has started notifying all the users who were affected by the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal that was initiated by Cambridge University Professor named Aleksandr Kogan.

"Is it possible for Facebook to exist without collecting and selling our data?" he said.


At the heart of the hearings were the recent revelations that data from as many as 87 million users wound up in the hands of data-mining company Cambridge Analytica, which was linked to the Trump campaign. But social media users were quick to mine the Zuckberg's testimony for some sweet, sweet memes.

"Across the board, we have a responsibility to not just build tools, but to make sure those tools are used for good", Zuckerberg said. "This includes the basic responsibility of protecting people's information, which we failed to do with Cambridge Analytica".

He later added: "As long as there are people in Russian Federation whose job it is to interfere with elections around the world, this is going to be an on-going conflict".

This is one of the biggest lies and contradictions that Zuckerberg made during the testimony.

"The business model of Facebook, which is to monetize and share information without full knowledge and consent from users, has to be abandoned", said Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-CT.

This could include Facebook data such as Personally Identifiable Information (PII) being abused, emails, contracts, or company names.

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