EU wants Zuckerberg to give evidence over Facebook data scandal
Apr 15 2018 by Kathy Alvarado
The second day of Mark Zuckerberg's testimony to Congress answered some important questions: that is to say, it showed which questions the FacebookCEO was reluctant to answer honestly.
Hopefully Zuckerberg can put his hoodie back on, rebuild Facebook's image and get back to the good old days of virtual puppies and killer flair.
Called The Consumer Right to Privacy Act of 2018, the California ballot measure would allow consumers to learn about the types of personal information businesses are collecting, selling and disclosing on them - in addition to whom that information is being sold or shared.
It is a question asked in various forms by lawmakers in both the Senate and the House, but in most cases Zuckerberg evaded it by proposing that his team follow up later.
■ Remember when you had to be a college student to use Facebook?Facebook is neither a media or a financial institution, he said. Twenty-eight percent of interviewed individuals never trusted Mark Zuckerberg's social network to begin with. Facebook shares closed up 0.78% on Wednesday after rising 4.5% Tuesday. His stake in the company is now worth around $66 billion.
"I do imagine that we will find some apps that were either doing something suspicious or misusing people's data", he said.
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But clearly, their technical expertise leaves much to be desired, that we can't take their digital literacy for granted (that's why they have advisors who, one would hope, know a bit more). Their mission is to make money out of connecting people.
Zuckerberg was unable to answer Dingell, the MI congresswoman, when she asked how frequently Facebook used computer code embedded in websites to gather dossiers on virtually everyone online. That was likely true in the aftermath of controversies involving Russians exploiting Facebook's platform to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, and it will be fascinating to see if or how the Cambride Analytica scandal has changed that dynamic. If I post a photo on Facebook, I can choose whether it's visible to the public or to my friends or to a subset, a list of friends.
Asked if his employees had been interviewed, he again responded yes but added: "I have not", CNNreported. "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility and that was a big mistake". I don't want anyone to be unhappy with our services or what we do as a company. On a question, if Facebook has a political bias, he said the platform's goal was not to engage in political speech.
Zuckerberg said it's not true, not once, but twice, on the record, in front of Congress. But he said he tries to make sure Facebook does not have any bias in the work that it does.