Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Almost one in 10 Americans have deleted their Facebook accounts, survey says

Almost one in 10 Americans have deleted their Facebook accounts, survey says

The social media network also confirmed that the consolidated app controls would roll out for all users immediately. Now Congress is waking up to what that freedom meant for Facebook Inc users.

Sen. Lindsey Graham started his line of questioning asking Zuckerberg to list Facebook's top rivals; Zuck tried to break out the company's competitors into categories (category No. 1: other tech platforms, aka Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft), but Graham dismissed that attempt with a vehicle analogy. While questions ranged from data privacy to prescription drug sales to employee diversity, most lines of inquiry highlighted the challenge of trying to grasp and confront Facebook's vast power in consumers' lives, in ways most of its users don't completely understand.

9% have deleted their Facebook account altogether.

Wearing a dark suit and tie and politely prefacing nearly every remark with "Congressman" or "Congresswoman", Zuckerberg appeared even more controlled than he did on Tuesday when he testified before senators. There were dozens of unanswered or follow-up questions that the executive promised his team would respond to later, and some of his talking points aren't likely to hold up to future analysis.

In the wake of the massive leak of user information to Cambridge Analytica, which worked for Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, Zuckerberg reiterated that the company had shut down the pipeline that allowed data - including his own - to slip without consent into the hands of third parties.

New Mexico's representative Ben Ray Lujan asked Zuckerberg if Facebook maintains a detailed profile of people who never signed up for Facebook.

The controversy has brought a flood of bad publicity and sent the company's stock value plunging, but Zuckerberg seemed to achieve a measure of success in countering that. CNET reports that Zuckerberg denied even knowing the term.

Congress should have told Zuckerberg it's all his fault.

Several Republicans also strongly voiced their concerns on the opposite end of the spectrum - that over-regulating or policing of the platform would lead to anti-conservative bias and a general silencing of offensive opinions. Or as Zuckerberg admits, Facebook didn't do enough to guard against downstream consequences.

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Of course, anybody else who owns Facebook shares have benefited as well. Some people are downloading their data to see exactly what information Facebook has collected about them.

Following the thousands of complaints about Facebook's misappropriation of user information, CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to answer questions from higher government authorities.

However, when asked whether he would support specific proposed privacy legislation, like the Browser Act, Zuckerberg hedged and cited what he said was his lack of familiarity with the details.

Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Throughout the hearings, members of Congress struggled to understand how Facebook works, let alone to diagnose and agree on the precise problems that should be fixed by regulation.

"This is a first step in the process of writing much needed regulation", she said. The political research firm harvested the personal information of roughly 87 million people to target American voters, using a personality quiz called "This Is Your Digital Life" that scraped the Facebook data of you and your friends.

Now the Facebook is working with governments in the U.S., the United Kingdom and around the world to do a full audit of what they've done and to make sure that they get rid of any data that they still have.

On Wednesday, Zuckerberg told the House Energy and Commerce Committee he is not opposed to some kind of regulation.

Additionally, Zuckerberg also refused to give a clear answer when he was questioned about the company's practice of buying data about Facebook users from data brokers.

"And that's more than just about privacy".

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