Zuckerberg emerges unscathed from Congress grilling over Facebook flaws

  • Zuckerberg emerges unscathed from Congress grilling over Facebook flaws

Zuckerberg emerges unscathed from Congress grilling over Facebook flaws

"That goes for fake news, for interference in elections and we didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility and that was a big mistake and it was my mistake and I'm sorry", the Facebook CEO said.

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.

The 33-year-old CEO said Facebook was in a constant struggle to guard against Russian manipulation of the Facebook platform to influence elections in the United States and elsewhere.

Because Facebook doesn't charge users a service fee, the company says its financial viability depends on using personal data to maintain its advertising scheme.

I was one of the people who had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica, a company that has become notorious for using Facebook to target voters.

"So my position is not that there should be no regulation but I also think that you have to be careful about regulation you put in place".

The 33-year-old billionaire has apologised numerous times and promised to make meaningful reforms to protect data privacy. Facebook will be using AI technology to identify questionable activities and content posted. If you do this, it allows Facebook to tie up your browsing history to your Facebook profile, even if the page you are browsing is New York Times.

"We have communicated directly with Diamond and Silk about this issue. What is unsafe about two black women supporting Donald J Trump?" one of the legislators asked.

This could very well explain why it is so hard for lawmakers to pin down Zuckerberg. And my theory is we are two women - two women of color - so how are we and our content and our brand unsafe for the community?

Vince Mitchell: The privacy is dead argument, which is what you are making is one that lots of people make. He said that this needed to be fixed. He cited examples of ads showing up on Facebook relating to conversations they had just had. "I want to make sure in an open session I don't reveal something that's confidential", he said.

But, according to Zuckerberg, Facebook will always be free - or at least, some version of it will.

Currently, the Facebook CEO pointed out, users have 'control over how their information is used, ' with the option to turn off third-party information. Zuckerberg's notes also say that if asked if the company should be broken up, he should say that a breakup of Facebook would benefit Chinese companies.

And because Facebook claims it's for security, there's no way to turn it off.

Behind the scenes, every web page contains little bits of code that request the pictures, videos, and text that browsers need to display each item on the page.

McGinn didn't survey people about what those negative impacts might be but he thinks they're myriad.

Asked by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy while he testified on Capitol Hill whether Facebook had been served subpoenas for the special counsel, Zuckerberg responded "yes", but later clarified: "I am actually not aware of a subpoena".

Near the end of the session, Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from MI criticised Zuckerberg's lack of knowledge of his own company.

Who wants absolutely everybody to know something like that? You didn't know what a shadow profile is. You'll need a Facebook account to move forward - and you can download all the data you've racked up since you signed up on Facebook - that's it.