My data has harvested, sold by Cambridge Analytica, says Mark Zuckerberg

My data has harvested, sold by Cambridge Analytica, says Mark Zuckerberg

Speaking to the gravity of the situation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg traveled down to Capitol Hill this week where he fielded pointed questions from lawmakers about data privacy and a range of other issues. Some people are downloading their data to see exactly what information Facebook has collected about them.

The expected invitation comes a day after Zuckerberg testified for roughly 10 hours in front of two panels of US lawmakers about Cambridge Analytica, a data analysis firm that had improperly accessed names, "likes" and other personal information about roughly 87 million users. Zuckerberg agreed: "If there's an imminent threat of harm, we're going to take a conservative position on that and make sure that we flag that and understand that more broadly". So while only 270,000 users took the quiz, by Facebook's latest estimate, the app was able to harvest data of at least 87 million users. I marked every post I saw this week as spam, but there is much worse and nuanced content on Facebook that users should invest their own time into reporting. "Right there. Not buried in the settings somewhere but right there", Zuckerberg said.

What happened with Cambridge Analytica illustrates how our personal boundaries for using that data in the real world are being tested. "We've reviewed this feature to confirm that Facebook does not collect the content of messages-and will delete all logs older than one year", said Mike Schroepfer, chief technology officer, Facebook.

Facebook, which has consistently reported stronger-than-expected earnings over the past two years, has faced public outcry over its role in Russia's alleged influence over the 2016 US presidential election. They are selling your data. They peppered him with questions about an array of Facebook's lengthy privacy policy and data, but didn't always seem to know how to follow up Zuckerberg's talk of algorithms and AI systems.

The social network is also tweaking the login process for third-party apps.

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Republican congressman Fred Upton cited an example of a Michigan Republican whose campaign page was removed from Facebook.

Much of the effort was aimed at denigrating Democrat Hillary Clinton and thereby helping Republican Trump, or simply encouraging divisiveness and undercutting faith in the U.S. system.

"Diamond and Silk was deemed "unsafe". Billy Long even went so far as to produce a enormous poster of the duo, and ask Zuckerberg, "What is unsafe about two Black women supporting President Donald J. Trump?"

Zuckerberg replied, "No, Congressman". All the subtle language that helps stay people stay searchable by friends ... the work we will likely have to do in China some day. Till now, you could search for someone on Facebook using their name, email address or even their phone number (assuming they had linked it to the Facebook account). There is no earthly use for much of the data it collects and there is probably some that it could collect but does not. Buschon explained that he and his mother had a conversation about her deceased brother and later on Facebook, his mother saw a memorial photo collage of her brother come up. He said it was critical to have light regulation. Facebook responds with periodic redesigns that often reset people to "sharing" their data with advertisers by default.

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