Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's old sexist website FaceMash revisited on Capitol Hill

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's old sexist website FaceMash revisited on Capitol Hill

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg returns to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for more questioning by lawmakers who have a rare chance to air grievances about the company directly to the head of the world's largest social media network.

But after two days of congressional testimony, what seemed clear was how little Congress seems to know about Facebook, much less what to do about it.

Zuckerberg was answering a question from Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., when he informed lawmakers about his personal data, a reference to the Cambridge Analytica scandal that has rocked his company over the past several weeks.

Edwards said earlier this week 63,724 people in New Zealand may have been caught up in the data breach. We build enterprise software, although I don't consider us an enterprise software company. A few lawmakers argued that Facebook doesn't have a true competitor - overall a much more informative hearing. And his company regained more than $25 billion in market value that is had lost since it was revealed in March that Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining firm affiliated with Donald Trump's presidential campaign, gathered personal information from 87 million users to try to influence elections.

"In general we collect data on people who are not signed up for Facebook for security purposes", Zuckerberg said Wednesday in a hearing about the social network's privacy practices in Washington before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Earlier this year, special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies in a plot to interfere in the 2016 presidential election through a social media propaganda effort that included online ad purchases using USA aliases and politicking on US soil. Would an ad-free, paid version of Facebook work, anyway?

Earlier this year Mueller charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies in a plot to interfere in the 2016 presidential election through a social media propaganda effort that included online ad purchases using USA aliases and politicking on US soil.

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"Yes, congresswoman, we run ads", Zuckerberg said. The US is famously wary of governments getting too involved in private business, and the nation has relatively loose laws when it comes to issues of data privacy. And he's come a long way since he created the platform in his dorm room nearly 15 years ago.

Zuckerberg told lawmakers that Facebook had now removed the option for advertisers to exclude ethnic groups from targeting.

Speaking in the wake of a scandal over the massive leak of data to a British political consultant, Zuckerberg reiterated that the company had shut down the pipeline that allowed such data, including his own, to slip into the hands of third parties.

These kinds of big instances which make people sit p, even regulators and say "Yeah well maybe it's time to legislate a bit more". Chairman Greg Walden, Oregon Republican, opened by nodding to Facebook's old motto. "This email includes names and email addresses - including my own name - and at least one web bug created to identify me to Facebook's web servers when I open the email", he said. People took the test and Kogan collected the details of the people and their Facebook friends who took the test. Kogan sold the details to Cambridge Analytica.

"We only store them temporarily and we convert the weblogs into a set of ad interests that you might be interested in those ads, and we put that in the "download your information" [feature] and you have complete control over that", he said.

Facebook does not think of what it does as censoring speech, Zuckerberg responded, saying the company works to protect the site from extreme behavior like terrorism. The spokesman would point only to previous statements that Kogan sold data to former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher Wylie and a company he founded called Eunoia Technologies.

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