Congress Gives Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Light Slap on The Wrist

  • Congress Gives Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Light Slap on The Wrist

Congress Gives Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Light Slap on The Wrist

After Facebook revealed that Cambridge Analytica (CA), AggregateIQ and other companies had improperly collected data on 87 million Facebook users, people around the world waited in uncomfortable anticipation for a notification from Facebook that their personal data had been acquired and sold by Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg testified for almost 10 hours over two days on Facebook's privacy and data protection issues before committees of the Senate and House on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The hearing was a outcome of a New York Times report stating that a data firm called Cambridge Analytica, which did work for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, exploited a data breach of 50 million Facebook users.

"The internet is growing in importance around the world in people's lives, and I think that it is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation", he said.

The admission underscores the problem Facebook has in persuading lawmakers that users can safeguard their own information if they carefully manage their personal settings and that further legislation governing Facebook's use of data is unnecessary.

If Facebook or any other company fails to meet the standards of these new regulations, the European Union will fine data collectors up to 4 percent of their annual global turnover or €20 million. The legislation would govern how internet companies gather data and notify consumers about the use of their data.

But Zuckerberg frequently gave vague answers and often told members of Congress his team would follow up with them at a later time.

But later, Zuckerberg admitted to Kathy Castor, a Democratic Congresswoman from Florida, that Facebook does track users even when they're not logged in.

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Congress Gives Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Light Slap on The Wrist

According to The Hill, Facebook officials said they've been in touch with the sisters and claimed the message they received from the site last week was "inaccurate".

"I can't let you filibuster right now", Republican Marsha Blackburn said at one point.

Several representatives and senators said that some of Facebook's revenue came from selling user data to third parties. But the CEO's answer seemed quite noncommittal when he said, "Congresswoman, I'm not sure what that means".

"I think everyone should have control over how their information is used,"Mr Zuckerberg said". To which Zuckerberg responded, "Yes, there will always be a version of Facebook that is free".

"We will be verifying the identity of any advertiser who's running a political ad", Zuckerberg said.

"We expected them to do a number of more traditional cyber attacks, which we did identify and notify the campaigns that they were trying to hack into them". As members of the United States Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees grilled Zuckerberg in the Senate on Tuesday, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) used her turn to raise issue about Facebook's connection to the opioid crises.

"We track certain information for security reasons and for ad reasons", Zuckerberg said.

So Pallone wants to know if Facebook will change its defaults.