Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Zuckerberg Testimony Doesn't Change Our View on Facebook

Zuckerberg Testimony Doesn't Change Our View on Facebook

When asked if his data had been improperly used he replied "yes" and gave no further details. And he said he does imagine Facebook might find some other apps like Cambridge Analytica that misused user data.

Stressing that there is an online propaganda "arms race" with Russian Federation and it was important to make sure no one interferes in any more elections including in India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that his own personal data was "improperly shared".

For many questions, Zuckerberg said he would need to consult with his team to provide answers - at times exhibiting a surprising lack of familiarity with the privacy debate that has sprung up around his company's activities ...

Zuckerberg's admission that his own data was exposed to Cambridge Analytica underscores the difficulty Facebook has in persuading lawmakers that users can safeguard their own information if they carefully manage their personal settings.

Zuckerberg said he was getting to the bottom of what the UK-based firm did and will tell everyone who may have been affected.

When we checked on different accounts we saw two messages.

Did you get a notice from Facebook warning your data was impacted by the scandal? As I have said, by the end this year, we are going to have more than 20,000 people working on security and content review across the company. Meanwhile, as the hearing progressed, Recode published a new poll which highlights which tech companies people distrusts the most with their data.

39% said they were "very aware" of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, while 37% said they were "somewhat aware". It appears the members of the House panel were tougher on Zuckerberg, interrupting him often as he failed to deliver the simple yes or no answers that they were seeking, given the four minute limit for each representative.

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Twelve council members voted in favour, while Bolivia joined Russian Federation in voting against, and China abstained. Russia's United Nations envoy Vasily Nebenzya said the move to reject the compromise draft resolution was "alarming".

"That's why, every single time that you share something on Facebook or one of our services, right there is a control in line, where you control who you want to share with, because I don't just think that this is about a terms of service". "We don't sell data".

Numerous questions revealed some confusion about how Facebook works.

Facebook is neither a media or a financial institution, he said. But then there were big questions about what Facebook knows about people who did not sign up for Facebook in the first place.

In his opening statement committee chair Greg Walden quoted the company's early motto to "move fast and break things", asking whether the company had "moved too fast and broken too many things". "I think it's something that we get criticized both from the left and the right on what the definitions are that we have. We build planes to help connect people, and I don't consider ourselves to be an aerospace company", he said.

In a discussion on algorithmic tools that flag inappropriate content, Zuckerberg noted the difficulty of monitoring hate speech in non-English languages, a conundrum that has impacted the Indian social media landscape. It was my mistake, and I'm sorry.

"I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here".

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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