Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Collects Data on Non-Users

Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Collects Data on Non-Users

The congressional record is open for another two weeks for lawmakers to submit questions, a Facebook source said, after which Facebook will have several more days to respond.

"Yes", Zuckerberg said when Congresswoman Dana Louise DeGette asked whether Facebook has witnessed no significant increase in users deactivating their accounts. But, as you say, we've had the ability to download your information for years now.

The data scandal wiped away tens of billions of dollars from Facebook's market value, prompted political scrutiny on both sides of the Atlantic and even raised the once unthinkable question of whether Zuckerberg should step down as CEO.

When asked why the company did not immediately alert the 87 million users whose data may have been improperly accessed when first told about it in 2015, Zuckerberg said Facebook considered it a "closed case" after Cambridge Analytica said they had deleted it. The FTC confirmed last month that it's investigating Facebook.

Zuckerberg disclosed that his company is "working with" special counsel Robert Mueller in the federal probe of Russian election interference.

House lawmakers were a bit tougher on Zuckerberg than their colleagues in the Senate, many of whom seemed confused by the company and what it does. His notes told him to put down the question while acknowledging that he had made mistakes but they were being corrected.

Zuckerberg mostly held his composure, repeating numerous same well-rehearsed answers: He is sorry for the company's mistakes. These people who are tracked by Facebook in this way have never entered into agreement with Facebook for this, they never consented to be tracked by Facebook.

In his testimony, Zuckerberg also stated that Facebook does not see the messages of acquired company WhatsApp, India's most popular messaging platform. And he's come a long way since he created the platform in his dorm room nearly 15 years ago.

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Facebook might be able to censor publishers with blue checkmarks, but like Zuck himself said Wednesday, they literally can't hire enough people to police every single person on the site. For most of our existence, we focused on all of the good that connecting people can do.

Mark Zuckerberg appeared in front of United States senators on Tuesday and at times looked like he'd rather be anywhere else.

"It is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation" of internet firms, Zuckerberg said, but he avoided any specifics. Hardaway said, according to Fox News.

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden said the committee will look at what could be done.

Even with all those almost incomprehensible amounts of money being thrown around, Facebook is still considered the "worst performer among big tech stocks", as its stock is down about 7 percent this year.

The personal data was accessed after 270,000 people took a personality quiz called "This is Your Digital Life" - affecting not just the user, but their friends as well.

"But in order to flag some content quickly, we also build technical systems in order to take things down", the Facebook CEO said. Zuckerberg said Wednesady that Facebook feels "a lot of competition" because the average American uses eight apps daily to stayed connected to people.

"The only way we're going to close this trust gap is through legislation that creates and empowers a sufficiently resourced expert oversight agency, with rulemaking authority to protect the digital privacy and ensure that companies protect our users' data".

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