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Facebook scandal explained | Why Zuckerburg is testifying to Congress

Facebook scandal explained | Why Zuckerburg is testifying to Congress

Two days of testimony from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has revealed a lot. "I've been on Facebook a long time now and all the pictures that I've posted are there and all the things that I've commented on are there and all the blog posts that I've put up were all there".

In both hearings before the Senate, Zuckerberg only mentioned two kinds of data: the information that people decide to share on the platform, and the data that is automatically collected about people's behavior.

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The discussion with Sandberg had been "constructive and open", Jourova said. "Why should we trust you?" asked Democratic Representative Mike Doyle.

Zuckerberg responded saying: "Congressman, that is an accurate description of the prank website I made when I was a sophomore".

"You're the guy to fix this".

Wearing a dark suit and tie and politely prefacing nearly every remark with "Congressman" or "Congresswoman", Zuckerberg appeared even more controlled than he did on Tuesday when he testified before senators.

But even in this hesitant camp, lawmakers showed a willingness to do just that.

I have been getting messages re having to pay for Facebook after tomorrow.

At Tuesday's hearing, Sen.

The devil is in the details.

This means that the next time you use the Facebook credentials to sign up for, or log in to, an app, you will not have to see the screen that wants you to accept the terms and conditions allowing the app to access Facebook data such as posts, photographs, age, etc.

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It seems that all web users are of interest to Facebook for security and advertising.

Zuckerberg declined to acknowledge that Facebook's ad system and products are informed by all of this information gathering on and off the social network.

However, unknown to users, the data from this quiz was then passed on to a company called "Cambridge Analytica", which handles data for political uses.

"Many of the solutions you're hearing members of Congress and groups like ours call for are comprehensive privacy solutions". Amy Klobuchar, Democrat from Minnesota, that users should be notified within 72 hours that their privacy had been breached-a provision in upcoming European privacy regulations.

Lewis expects this to be more of a "deliberative" year for Congress on this front, rather than a year that sees much new legislation passed.

"The Internet is growing in importance around the world in people's lives, and I think that it is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation", he said.

Facebook has been reeling from its worst-ever privacy failure.

"Moving to an opt-in regime would do very little to limit Facebook's business model but would hurt their competitors significantly more", Ashkan Soltani, a former chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission, wrote on Twitter.

"Thirty-five percent said [they were] using it less than they used to and another 31% changed their settings".

Long continued, however, and asked for further clarification regarding the goal of FaceMash, "You put up pictures of two women and decided which one was more attractive of the two, is that right?"

Multiple legislators also raised the prospect that Facebook's data policies with third-party apps violated a 2011 consent decree with the FTC after a prior privacy complaint.


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