Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Survey claims that 9% of Facebook users have deleted their accounts

Survey claims that 9% of Facebook users have deleted their accounts

Arguably, many of those products, from medicine to fuel, potentially put more Americans at greater risk than Facebook does. Lujan had clearly done his homework and investigated how to gain access to a record of data collected about non-users.

One email, which was sent to private addresses associated with the duo's Facebook accounts, explained that the website had introduced new guidelines for accounts eligible to earn money through Facebook in September of past year.

Facebook says it will stop spending money to fight a proposed California ballot initiative aimed at giving consumers more control over their data.

Republican congressman Fred Upton cited an example of a Michigan Republican whose campaign page was removed from Facebook. Here's a piece of evidence lawmakers could have showed the CEO: In a survey conducted recently by Digital Content Next, a trade group of news organizations that is frequently critical of Facebook, a majority of respondents said they didn't expect the social network to track use of non-Facebook apps to target ads, collect their physical location when they're not using Facebook or harvest information from non-Facebook websites that people visit.

In a certain exchange between Senator Lindsey Graham and Zuckerberg, Graham asked if the CEO felt that Facebook has become a monopoly.

"To me, he came across as very conciliatory, especially when he took full responsibility for the mistakes of his company", said Jessica Vitak, head of the University of Maryland's Privacy and Education Research Lab. Facebook will now approve, at its own end, all apps that require access to any user data such as posts, check-ins and more. "You know there are people in Russian Federation whose job is to exploit our systems... so this is an arms race", he said.

House lawmakers aggressively questioned Zuckerberg Wednesday on user data, privacy settings and whether the company is biased against conservatives.

Facebook on Monday said: "Our goals are to understand Facebook's impact on upcoming elections - like Brazil, India, Mexico and the U.S. midterms - and to inform our future product and policy decisions". He appeared before both houses of Congress this week in response to the social media giant's handling of user data in the wake of revelations of data harvesting by Cambridge Analytica.

But that's not entirely true.

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His admission that even the company's tech-savvy founder was unable to protect his own data underscored the problem Facebook has in persuading skeptical lawmakers that users can easily safeguard their own information and that further legislation governing Facebook is unnecessary.

ZUCKERBERG: Yes. There might be some data that is necessary to provide the service that we do, but I don't have that, sitting here today, so that's something that I would want to follow up with you on.

"We did not properly communicate these policies to you", the email reads.

Facebook does have a support page titled,"I don't have a Facebook account and would like to request all personal data stored by Facebook".

"This is a point in history where we really need to fix these things", McGinn said.

News.com.au has sought comment from Facebook about its use of shadow profiles.

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.

Truth be told, we'll probably have to wait until Facebook's forthcoming earnings report in order to get a more accurate gauge as to how the ongoing controversy enveloping the company has impacted its user base.

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