Some members of the House committee questioned whether Facebook tracked users offline.
Zuckerberg met with a number of lawmakers ahead of the hearings in what amounted to a charm offensive for the 33-year-old entrepreneur who started the world’s largest social network in a Harvard dorm room. Pressed repeatedly by Democratic Senator Ed Markey to endorse a proposed law that would require companies to get people’s permission before sharing personal information, Zuckerberg agreed to further talks.
The hearings came almost a month after news broke that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign, accessed information from as many as 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge.
Impersonating the Facebook CEO in a thick Scottish drawl, Godley says that all Zuckerberg ever wanted to do was watch videos of cats and monkeys with accordions but accidentally ended up getting Donald Trump elected as the president.
17% of Americans have deleted the Facebook app from their phone over privacy concerns.
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“I don’t want to vote to have to regulate Facebook, but by God I will”, Sen.
Zuckerberg began his testimony yesterday in much the same way he did during Tuesday’s appearance before a joint meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.
Zuckerberg took full responsibility for the incident.
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Seemingly unimpressed, Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota said Zuckerberg’s company had a 14-year history of apologising for “ill-advised decisions” related to user privacy. The site has been repeatedly struck with negative headlines over the past month, beginning with revelations about how it provided third-party apps with user data and allegations that such data was used to manipulate the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
But he professed not to be familiar with the term “shadow profiles” despite it having been used widely by the media during a past Facebook data privacy controversy.
“Generally, opt-in policies will result in less data for Facebook to use, negatively impacting the company’s targeting capabilities and its ad inventory management efforts”, he said.
“Considering the most insightful questions – from both Republicans and Democrats alike – indicated a willingness to impose regulation around data protection, we think that significant risks still lie ahead for Facebook”, Wieser said in his note, in which he reiterated his sell rating on the company’s shares. And with the power many of these social media companies hold, they aren’t likely to provide you answers.
The companies have been criticized for secretly selling user data to make money.
He also revealed that his firm was exploring whether to take action against the University of Cambridge. Facebook has also been accused of not identifying foreign sources of political advertising during the 2016 USA presidential campaign. But when asked about a specific practice, such as collecting data about your location even when you’re not using Facebook, almost 70 percent of people did not expect the company to do so.
“Hacked is not the right word to use. there’s no hack there’s no data breach, it’s really important to use that messaging because that’s really what’s it’s all about”.