Zuckerberg Testifies Before Congress: 9 Things to Know

Zuckerberg Testifies Before Congress: 9 Things to Know

If Facebook were a true bargain with users - they get a useful, free service in exchange for seeing advertising based on their interests and activity - then Zuckerberg should be comfortable explaining how it all works. Unfortunately, this is only possible if you have a Facebook account.

Senator John Kennedy said: "I don't want to have to vote to regulate Facebook". The answer to both is yes.

The FTC is investigating the social media company to determine whether it violated a consent decree it signed in 2011 requiring that Facebook notify users if their personal data is shared beyond their specified privacy settings.

In a certain exchange between Senator Lindsey Graham and Zuckerberg, Graham asked if the CEO felt that Facebook has become a monopoly. Zuckerberg didn't answer directly. While this week the Silicon Valley giant's stock has experience a modest recovery as its CEO appears calm and collected in front of USA lawmakers, the high-flying FAANG stock saw roughly $100 billion shaved off its market capitalization in the weeks following its latest data crisis. Zuckerberg was comparing apples to privacy-compromised oranges.

Facebook has made changes to the way apps could plug in to the Facebook calendar, wherein users could grant any app permission to access information about the events they hosted or attended. "There are two sides of Facebook, one is Facebook itself and the other is a tool for individuals to share their information with particular people and particular communities".

"This is their information, they own it", he added. "I've been on Facebook a long time now and all the pictures that I've posted are there and all the things that I've commented on are there and all the blog posts that I've put up were all there". This was surely deliberate, and misleading. To this point, you may have seen the DeleteFacebook hashtag pop up on any number of social media platforms in recent weeks, including, ironically enough, on Facebook itself.

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Most people do not understand the scope of Facebook's data collection.

"I think he's sorry he has to testify in front of Congress", Kelly said.

A key discussion in the five-hour hearing was the urban legend that Facebook secretly records audio through microphones on a phone to target advertisements to users. Spoiler alert: Facebook does all of those things.

The emails appear to contradict the duo's claim on the "Mornings on the Mall" radio show on Wednesday that Facebook had not tried to contact them. Moreover, at the beginning of 2018 Belgium court accused Facebook of collecting the nonusers data using social plugins and cookies. It resulted in Facebook asking non-users to sign-up for an account and therefore no data is available. For context, that makes Facebook less of a societal ill than Marlboro cigarettes but worse than McDonald's fast food.

The reality is that Facebook has no, simply no justification, for collecting data of users who are not Facebook users, or of those people who are Facebook users but are not logged into the site.

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