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Zuckerberg addresses rumours about Facebook tapping your microphone

Zuckerberg addresses rumours about Facebook tapping your microphone

It's Facebook's toxic combination of unsettled privacy and corporate power that demands still more scrutiny: how a single player became so damn dominant, whether it leverages that dominance in anticompetitive ways, and ultimately what tools Washington might exercise, if any, in the face of that consolidation.

Zuckerberg said he was getting to the bottom of what the UK-based firm did and will tell everyone who may have been affected.

His remarks came amid a second day of a congressional inquisition in the wake of the worst privacy debacle in his company's history. "In retrospect it was clearly a mistake to believe them", he said.

"In the Indian context, data leak is obvious because users lack the basic discretion about what information can be conceded and what all need to be protected".

Yesterday Facebook shares dipped, but are still up three percent overall since Zuckerberg began his testimony on Capitol Hill. "So my position is not that there should be no regulation but I also think that you have to be careful about regulation you put in place".

Facebook is starting to notify its users if their information was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

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As New York Times technology writer Clive Thompson noted in his 2013 book "Smarter Than You Think", in the 1880s, "Mavens of etiquette fretted that the telephone would coarsen our manners, because of the predominant greeting - 'hello!' - derived from the shout of 'halloo, ' a bellow used to summon the hounds to hunt".

Patience with the social network had already worn thin among users, advertisers and investors after the company said last year that Russian Federation used Facebook for years to try to sway US politics, an allegation Moscow denies. On a question, if Facebook has a political bias, he said the platform's goal was not to engage in political speech. When Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) asked him: "I$3 f I download my Facebook information, is there other information accessible to you within Facebook that I wouldn't see on that document, such as browsing history or other inferences that Facebook has drawn from users for advertising purposes?" Information about users "is probably the most valuable thing about Facebook", Walden added. "We don't sell data".

He said the company made big changes in the platform in 2014 that have prevented this specific situation with Cambridge Analytica from occurring again.

Zuckerberg spent much of a year ago traveling after he pledged to visit all the USA states that he had not previously been to.

"They would advertise for housing but would say, 'Well, we don't want to advertise to, say, racial or religious minorities, for example". He offered no details, citing a concern about confidentiality rules of the investigation.

Speaking like a knowledgeable fellow victim (admitting that Cambridge Analytica accessed his own data), Zuckerberg out-politicked the establishment - positioning Facebook, not Congress, to lead future regulatory efforts. On Monday, a coalition of US and European consumer and privacy groups called for Facebook to embrace privacy standards that actually mean something. He assured senators the company would have handled the situation differently today.


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