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Facebook scandal explained | Why Zuckerburg is testifying to Congress

Facebook scandal explained | Why Zuckerburg is testifying to Congress Facebook scandal explained | Why Zuckerburg is testifying to Congress
Sherry Houston | 13 April, 2018, 06:56

Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook hasn't taken enough responsibility in protecting their users, given the way in which the Cambridge Analytica scandal unfolded. The Silicon Valley giant's stock has dropped almost 11 percent since news broke of the Cambridge Analytica data leak.

There, Facebook states clearly that it tracks users and non-users on every site that features a Facebook "Like" or "Share" button (including the article you're reading right now).

"We were encouraged by Facebook removing the posts after the hearing, but they need to be vigilant and program their AI (artificial intelligence technology) to prevent this from occurring in the future", said Thomas. So to make them care it's only recently that Facebook has allowed you to download all of the data that they have on you.

As Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg explained last week, the network shows users targeted ads based on personal data.

Republican congressman Fred Upton cited an example of a Michigan Republican whose campaign page was removed from Facebook. "What is unsafe about two black women supporting Donald J Trump?" one of the legislators asked.

But before we talk of that, a few words about what exactly Facebook is doing here.

According to Zuckerberg, the company has 200 people working on efforts to combat the promotion of "extremist" content.

"This is a first step in the process of writing much-needed regulation", she said. As he said in closing, "I think that may be what this is all about". Zuckerberg said Facebook has "a lot of competitors" including "the other tech platforms, Google, Apple, Microsoft".

The company has always denied these allegations.

We're guessing he's distracted by the billions of dollars Facebook earns trading in information it gathers from us, information we might naively have thought was private.

Facebook generatesabout $9 a month per user in the U.S.by targeting you with ads.

The company does this by using different techniques integrated into pages around the web.

That's before we've considered whether the consent people give when the sign up to Facebook could be considered "informed", since it's unlikely many people read the 2,700-word data policy.

In an awkward exchange with Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado, Zuckerberg said he did not know the details of two class-action lawsuits that Facebook had settled over privacy concerns related to data gathering techniques it has since changed.

Democratic Representative Debbie Dingell expressed frustration with Zuckerberg's frequent promises to get back to lawmakers later in writing. Zuckerberg stated that his team would have to return with that information at a later date, as the CEO himself did not know.

Sputnik: What do you think is going to happen as far as the regulation and as far as people are being more proactive? Responding to questions about Facebook's role in inciting violence in Myanmar, Zuckerberg mentioned three shifts that the company is instituting there and in other countries dealing with similar issues: hire more local-language content reviews, work with civil society to take down accounts rather than isolated content pieces and institute product changes to aid in issues such as news literacy.

"But that's not the only information that Facebook has about you".

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