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He looks calm here. But the congressional hearing did not look so good-for anyone. | Marina Linchevska He looks calm here. But the congressional hearing did not look so good-for anyone. | Marina Linchevska
Gerardo Duncan | 16 April, 2018, 12:01

We've already stopped apps like this from getting so much information. Travel Weekly's 2017 Travel Industry Survey found that of agents who use social media for marketing purposes, 93% use Facebook, far and away leading all other social media platforms in popularity; its closest competitor was LinkedIn, with 37% of agents reporting they use it for business purposes.

After 10 hours of testimony Facebook stock surged, netting Zuckerberg almost $3 billion, allowing him to remain as the seventh richest person in the world.

What is Facebook, and how should it be regulated? Or is it a media company, and therefore responsible for the content published on its platform? Many people construed it as confirmation of the fact that people who want privacy must expect to pay for it (going forward).

"If the case that happened in Myanmar where the Rohingya case occurred because of Facebook [happens here], therefore I have no hesitation to shut them down from Indonesia!"

But like, what IS Facebook? The social network could tack on extra features, but social media experts are unsure what features would compel a user fork over cash. According to The Guardian, the platform said affected users will receive a detailed message on their news feeds about this today.

Advocates and lawmakers say they are singling out Facebook because of its size, rivaled outside China only by Alphabet Inc's Google, and because they allege Zuckerberg was not forthcoming about the extent and reasons for the tracking.

The wholesale, planet-wide exploitation of personal data has dark implications, Tufekci said: "We could enter into a phase of "surveillance authoritarianism, ' where we don't face (George Orwell's) '1984" model, where there's open totalitarianism, where we're dragged off in the middle of the night". To put that in context, Facebook could theoretically owe $8 billion for one single day of a violation affecting all of its American users. Two days of testimony didn't change his mind. Mr Cole said the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect in May, will solve some of the problems the Facebook situation revealed. It's voluntary, Zuckerberg pointed out. Only a dramatic data diet can curb the worst downsides of Facebook. On Friday Facebook said it had no plans to build such a tool. "So, how do we capture diverse thoughts", he said.

Kennedy, D-Brookline - who was one of the 100 members of Congress who questioned Zuckerberg - said numerous questions were not fully answered.

"Um", Zuckerberg said. He paused, smiled awkwardly, shook his head and licked his lips.

SEN. DURBIN: "If you've messaged anybody this week, would you share with us the names of the people you've messaged?" Maybe more than I should.

Zuckerberg responded by saying: "I think everyone should have control over how their information is used". The data analytics firm reportedly harvested data of over 80 million Facebook users, which allegedly was used to help President Donald Trump's election campaign in 2016.

As users of Facebook, we should be concerned about the status of our privacy. Roger Wicker said on Tuesday.

"Senator, I want to make sure I get this accurate so it would probably be better to have my team follow up afterwards", Zuckerberg said.

"I've been covering consumer attitudes and behaviours for a long time, and I don't see consumers changing their behaviour very often", said Fatemeh Khatibloo, an analyst at Forrester Research.

One of the tensest moments of the hearing came on Wednesday, when Frank Pallone, R-N.J., asked Zuckerberg for a yes-or-no answer on data collection - and did not receive the answer he asked for. Rep. Lujan investigated how to gain access to a record of data collected about non-users, and it's a Catch-22.

"I don't think that's hard for you to say yes to, unless I'm missing something".

Still, the attention Congress brought to the issue may be having an impact.

Instead, his and his staff's recent conversations with Facebook employees have been business as usual - little more than routine discussions about "pulling data" to better target ads, he said. How are we protecting our data?

"Because right now, we are only a couple of years past when Cambridge Analytica created those models, the profiles and models they have are likely useful for the next, in my rough estimation and experience, three to five years", he said. "And then we do the placement".

Facebook is under fire for a privacy breach affecting more than 87 million users, and regulations affecting all users could be on the way.

But Facebook isn't turning this personal data over wholesale to advertisers or third parties. Anyone who plays a game on Facebook, for instance, will be prompted with a page asking for access to certain profile information before proceeding. The company has denied the allegations that it misused data to influence the 2016 US presidential election.

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