Zuckerberg testimony reveals lawmaker confusion on Facebook

Zuckerberg testimony reveals lawmaker confusion on Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg has had a tricky few days facing a barrage of questions from U.S. senators about digital privacy following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

There's no official word from Facebook about whether they will launch a new add-free platform but their website continues to advise users that it won't charge.

The extent of Facebook's data collection is, ultimately, the core concern of Facebook's business. Just give us five to swot up on our data policies and we're ready. While this week the Silicon Valley giant's stock has experience a modest recovery as its CEO appears calm and collected in front of USA lawmakers, the high-flying FAANG stock saw roughly $100 billion shaved off its market capitalization in the weeks following its latest data crisis.

When Durbin asked Zuckerberg if Messenger Kids data would be deleted when the kids grow up, Facebook's CEO replied yes. The European Union has set a great example with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation: every internet user has the right to know when their data changes hands or is subject to a breach, and has the right to be forgotten.

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He said Facebook had considered the data collection "a closed case" and had not alerted the Federal Trade Commission. He testified that he didn't know the term, but acknowledged the firm did monitor non-users for "security" purposes.

He said Facebook also uses information to support its $350-billion company.

It will be weeks before Facebook responds to Congress and addresses this issue.

"I hear about all these people deleting their Facebook profiles and protesting", Trivisonno said.

Was your Facebook data shared with Cambridge Analytica? Various news outlets, from CNN to The New York Times to BuzzFeed, have published reports highlighting just how much data Facebook has on its users.

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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. Researchers also talked about how users perceive privacy, and the social network's usability. This information can be drawn into Facebook's vast data aggregation machine through friends or friends of friends via all kinds of channels, including the "find friends" feature that allows the app to scan mobile contacts. The content reviewers also go over flagged information.

Because Facebook doesn't charge users a service fee, the company says its financial viability depends on using personal data to maintain its advertising scheme.

Zuckerberg further said that the counter-terrorism team had designed systems, which helped to flag terrorist groups communication and removing their accounts automatically.

Regulation is certainly one way to catch up on protecting people's data privacy, according to Emily Laidlaw, an associate professor of law at the University of Calgary.

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