The 9 Most Weird and Hilarious Questions Congress Asked Mark Zuckerberg

Who cares what Facebook does with your data? Congress has much more serious problems to address

Who cares what Facebook does with your data? Congress has much more serious problems to address

Zuckerberg says he doesn't think Facebook has a monopoly.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat from IL, recounted a long list of Zuckerberg's apologies over the years before concluding: "This is proof to me that self-regulation does not work".

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In his testimony, Zuckerberg also stated that Facebook does not see the messages of acquired company WhatsApp, India's most popular messaging platform.

For example, the term "shadow profile" has been widely used to describe information Facebook collects about people who don't belong to the social network. Facebook has been reeling from its worst-ever privacy failure following revelations last month that the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which was affiliated with Trump's 2016 campaign, improperly scooped up data on about 87 million users.

"We continue to have these abuses and these data breaches", DeGette said.

"Yes or no, does Facebook use audio obtained from mobile devices to enrich personal information about users?" asked Sen.

"Zuckerberg's testimony demonstrated that the company has matured over the last decade, in particular in his acknowledgement that Facebook is responsible for the content shared on its platform", said University of DE communications professor Dannagal Young.

Ben Luján got Zuckerberg to admit that Facebook goes so far as to collect data from some people who have not signed up for the social network "for security purposes".


But the congressman didn't seem satisfied.

The hearings that ended on Wednesday revealed no consensus among US lawmakers about what kind of privacy legislation they might want to pursue, if any, and no timeline for action. Rather than putting a dent in his well-prepared armor, two days of unfocused questioning helped Zuckerberg restore more than $25 billion in market value that the company has lost since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in mid-March. The sessions also featured presentations from Facebook's researchers on privacy challenges, as well as ways the company might protect user data.

"How can consumers have control over their data when Facebook does not have control over the data?" asked Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, at the beginning of Wednesday's hearing. "But at the same time it doesn't seem like future activities are prevented".

At the centre of a storm around data firm Cambridge Analytica harvesting Facebook user data to influence elections, the social media giant's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday said his company is committed to ensuring the integrity of elections in countries like India, Pakistan and the US.

Seemingly unimpressed, Republican Sen.

While Zuckerberg said Facebook planned to extend its GDPR compliance globally, he appeared hesitant to make that commitment as an official guarantee.

Zuckerberg disclosed that his company is "working with" special counsel Robert Mueller in the federal probe of Russian election interference. He offered no details, citing a concern about confidentiality rules of the investigation. A number of the Russian ads were on Facebook.

"While Facebook comments including the word BFF in green are among known animations, its appearance - or lack thereof - is not related to account security in any way", said Snopes.

The company does this by using different techniques integrated into pages around the web.

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