Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Zuckerberg emerged largely unscathed after a five-hour session before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees. Zuckerberg must be getting used to this by now. Joining us now is NPR’s Alina Selyukh.
Throughout the hearing, Zuckerberg reiterated that Facebook understands its responsibility to consumers. How is it going so far?
“Which is why we are going to have more than 20,000 people by the end of this year working on security and content review across the company”. Inevitable regulation Zuckerberg was on Capitol Hill for the second time in two days to answer questions about data privacy in the wake of revelations last month that millions of users’ personal information was wrongly harvested from the website by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted US President Donald Trump’s election campaign among its clients. Here’s how he opened this morning. Thune asked. As for the federal Russian Federation probe that has occupied much of Washington’s attention for months, he said he had not been interviewed by special counsel Mueller’s team, but “I know we’re working with them”. Zuckerberg said, “I’m not familiar with that”.
Mark Zuckerberg maintained a matter-of-fact demeanour even as some members openly questioned his sincerity and honesty.
Barton had asked about what data Facebook shares with third parties about people under the age of 18.
Zuckerberg’s testimony, which came on the heels of the Cambridge Analytica data leak that rocked Facebook earlier this year, drew the attention of many detractors and jokers, a number of whom compared Zuckerberg’s appearance during the testimony to that of Commander Data, chief science officer of the Enterprise on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. In fact, it may be the only truly valuable thing about Facebook.
The hearing before the House energy committee was sparked by the leak of information on 87 million Facebook users to the research firm Cambridge Analytica.
When Mark Zuckerberg told United States senators yesterday (April 10) that Facebook is in an “arms race” against Russian trolls seeking to manipulate its users, his comment made global headlines. “I do think we can do a better job of explaining how advertising works”. It’s a broad system. They’re not letting him talk for a long time. They warned a suit-clad Zuckerberg that tough regulation and scrutiny might follow if Facebook failed once again to improve its business practices.
“You didn’t know that FTC doesn’t have fining authority and that Facebook could not have received fines for the 2011 consent order”. A lot of users have the same troubles understanding, what exactly is Facebook doing with the information we turn over?
Mr Zuckerberg answered: “Senator, no, I would probably not choose to share that here”.
One congresswoman wasn’t having it. She’s a Democrat from California.
This isn’t the first time the sisters felt discriminated against for airing their conservative views.
Cambridge Analytica is accused of acquiring the data of 87 million Facebook users through an academic researcher at the University of Cambridge, Alexander Kogan. On Wednesday, Representative David McKinley, a West Virginia Republican, displayed recent Facebook ads offering opioids for sale without a prescription and addressed Mr. Zuckerberg directly.
17% of respondents said they deleted the Facebook app from their phone over privacy concerns.
For individuals this would make the adverts ‘less relevant#’, he added, and for small businesses adverts would be more expensive. “We’ve got to fix that”, he said.
KING: NPR’s Alina Selyukh.
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