Mark Zuckerberg testimony: Everything to know before you watch

Alicia Guzman
Апреля 10, 2018

"Facebook never publicly disclosed the removal of messages from users' inboxes, nor privately informed the recipients".

The company is facing the worst privacy crisis in its 14-year history after whistleblowers revealed that the personal information of tens of millions users, mainly in the United States, was obtained by political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.

Some Republican lawmakers are pressing Facebook to support the Honest Ads Act, a bi-partisan bill to bring greater transparency to online political ads, along with more sweeping regulations.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has apologised to the US Congress and accepts responsibility over the Cambridge Analytica scandal for "not doing enough" to protect its users personal data being misused.

"The government has taken serious note of the points made by Facebook and CA and will soon decide on the next line of action", the person said.

According to a report in technology website Tech Crunch on Saturday, unless the "Unsend" feature is released for everyone, Facebook will not unsend or retract any more of Zuckerberg's messages.

The Facebook app called "This Is Your Digital Life" was a personality quiz created in 2014 by an academic researcher named Aleksander Kogan, who paid about 270,000 people to take it.

"Facebook will not have any right to review or approve their research findings prior to publication", they added. They are still down nearly 17 percent from highs hit in January, amid a broader tech selloff, partly because of investor concerns about regulation. He is set to testify before Congress next week.

Some 40 senators out of the 100-member Senate sit on the two committees holding Tuesday's hearing, setting up a possibly marathon hearing.

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Facebook insists that the research effort will use annonymized, privacy-protected data for the sole objective of understanding and improving social media's impact on society.

Facebook's previous emissary "was a silver-tongued devil" who "said nothing", Republican Senator John Kennedy said on CNBC on Monday.

Facebook says it began yesterday informing users whose data may have been shared with Cambridge Analytica, the London-based company which counts US President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign among its past clients, and which has disputed Facebook's estimate of the number of affected users.

To ease the way, Zuckerberg on Monday met some lawmakers privately, listening to their concerns before they will have a chance to interrogate him in public.

"It's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well", Zuckerberg plans to tell lawmakers. The CEO will face questions over the data harvesting scandal, and also be asked about the spread of misinformation on his platform - "fake news" - and interference with elections.

Zuckerberg's testimony said the company was "too slow to spot and respond to Russian interference, and we're working hard to get better". Jo-Ellen Pozner said make no mistake.

More 87 million Facebook users globally could have been affected.

In February, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies with interfering in the election by sowing discord on social media. The company's data practices are under investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

"We now serve more than 2 billion people around the world, and every day, people use our services to stay connected with the people that matter to them most", Zuckerberg said in conclusion, in his formulaic manner of speaking.

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