Facebook to examine tens of thousands of apps for data misuse

Alicia Farmer
April 12, 2018

Zuckerberg's answer came as he testified in front of 44 United States senators during a joint session of Justice and Commerce Committee over Facebook's data policies. Their respective lines of questioning took markedly different approaches.

Zuckerberg said Facebook was hiring dozens more Burmese-language speakers to remove threatening content. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa asked whether there have been similar breaches involving other companies. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat from Nevada:I appreciate the apology, but stop apologizing and let's make the change.

"These great websites that don't charge for access, they extract value in some other way". "If we find that they're doing anything improper, we'll ban them from Facebook, and we will tell everyone affected".

But, when we feel geopolitical earthquakes from an election tainted by fake news targeted at individuals using personal data that we assumed Facebook was guarding, the alarm bells start to ring.

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday navigated through the first of two USA congressional hearings without making any further promises to support new legislation or change how the social network does business.

After several hours of questioning by senators on Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before a House panel Wednesday. The notice says the app misused the information, including public profiles, page likes, birthdays and current cities, by sharing it with Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook makes its money by leveraging user data in order to serve users ads it thinks are pertinent.

As Kennedy said, Congress may soon try to change Facebook's business with "a whole bunch of bills".

The data was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica by an academic who gathered data on users and their friends through a questionnaire app on Facebook.

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Responding to questions from Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Zuckerberg said his personal data was also part of the data collected and leaked to Cambridge Analytica through the This Is Your Digital Life applicaiton.

In his written remarks, Zuckerberg called Facebook "an idealistic and optimistic company" and said: "We focused on all the good that connecting people can bring".

Caught off-guard, Zuckerberg smiled and after a confused pause, said, "Umm, no". "His appearance before Congress is evidence of that".

Boyle also underscored the adage that, "If you're not paying for a product, then you are the product", and encouraged users to understand what they were dealing with when engaging social media platforms. "These are intelligence gathering companies that are self-branding as social media". However, he believes the decrease will be temporary, and he has not heard concerns from any of his clients.

In a statement to the Washington Post, however, Facebook said it had done so. "Some data suggests it plays a role in half of all purchase decisions". And numerous lawmakers present were primarily preoccupied with allegations of anti-conservative bias at Facebook, a line of questioning that failed to produce any illuminating answers. "There's nothing more efficient for impacting actions and purchases ... and there isn't a client in the world who doesn't want to be more effective". "We want to offer a free service that everyone can afford", he said.

"There should be no expectation of privacy by Facebook users or any other social medial user", Love said.

The Senate hearing ended just past 7 p.m. (2300 GMT), and a second session before a House of Representatives committee is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT).

So, CA may have obtained Zuckerberg's data through the privacy loophole that his own company left open. "Everybody is out there mining tons of data and, in theory, we would all like to belive that they're behaving well". Now you know that, and I know that.

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