DAY TWO: The Best And Worst Of Zuckerberg Vs. Congress

Lucy Bush
April 14, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg is set to return to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, where the Facebook chief executive will face off against a second panel of congressional lawmakers ready to grill him about the social network's privacy practices and efforts to combat disinformation, including Russian propaganda.

Zuckerberg said the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to come into effect on May 25 was more stringent than what was now in place at Facebook and suggested it could serve as a rough model for U.S. rules in the future.

A small number of people who logged into "This Is Your Digital Life" also shared their own News Feed, timeline, posts and messages which may have included posts and messages from you.

Although Zuckerberg, 33, had never testified at a congressional hearing before, he succeeded in deflecting questions like a Washington veteran. And Americans account for only a fraction of Facebook's user base. "And that's not part of the bargain". "So there are a lot of different choices and a lot of innovation and activity going on in this space" said Zuckerberg when questioned before the Senate yesterday, but Facebook has regularly sought to purchase or copy apps that may pose a threat to the company.

Against the backdrop of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, involving harvesting of personal data of 87 million Facebook users and its unauthorised usage by the British political consultancy firm to influence the voters in the 2016 USA presidential election, Zuckerberg accepted the breach of trust and promised to build better systems to protect user data.

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It's totally understandable! Especially given the revelations over the past few weeks about user data collected and sold to Cambridge Analytica. Facebook declined to clarify the CEO's remarks. Frank Pallone, a Democrat from New Jersey, for a "yes" or "no" answer on whether Facebook would commit to changing its default settings to minimize data collection "to the greatest extent possible".

In a series of questions on how people can remove data from Facebook, Zuckerberg said the company does "collect data on people who are not signed up for Facebook, for security purposes".

Zuckerberg accepted that the company did not do enough to prevent the platform from being used to harm others.

Earlier this year Mueller charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies in a plot to interfere in the 2016 presidential election through a social media propaganda effort that included online ad purchases using US aliases and politicking on USA soil. Mark Zuckerberg would like to tell you Facebook is a tech company. The pair, who have complained for months that the social network is hobbling distribution of their videos, said last week they received a notice from Facebook that their content was deemed "unsafe to the community".

Zuckerberg's own products are ranked extremely high on the list. The rise added US$3 billion (NZD $4.8 billion) to Mr Zuckerberg's fortune.

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"Not on your website", Butterfield retorted.

"We are also awaiting the result of the processes now being undertaken by UK's Information Commissioner's Office, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the US Federal Trade Commission and the Australian Privacy and Information Commissioner", Edwards said.

"I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here".

Greg Walden, R-Ore., suggested government regulation of Facebook.

However, several of the politicians urged Facebook to be more proactive about the matter. At the hearing, Florida Senator Bill Nelson asked Zuckerberg why the company didn't do more back then to inform users of a privacy breach. It also reignited long simmering concerns about Facebook's impact on the world's privacy, civil discourse and domestic institutions.

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