Facebook notifies those affected by data breach

Katie Ramirez
April 13, 2018

Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) questioned Zuckerberg saying; "We've done one hearing on the algorithms, I chair a communications and technology subcommittee here, we're getting ready to do a second one on algorithms". Zuckerberg believes the non-user data is stored simply for security purposes. "As CEO, you didn't know some key facts". And while its 2.13 billion monthly users don't pay any money to use the core service, Facebook makes plenty of money - millions daily - by selling access to users' data to advertisers. He also could not recall whether Facebook received a financial penalty related to a 2011 consent decree over privacy issues with the Federal Trade Commission (It didn't, she reminded him). " However, this was part of a line of questioning about Facebook's monopoly". They are also expected to be more aggressive. The three companies own 77 percent of mobile social traffic. He asked Zuckerberg if content on Facebook is filtered, and who determines what is appropriate and inappropriate for the site.

"This information was generally information that people share publicly on their profile pages, like their name and profile picture and the list of pages that they follow".

"I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here", he continued.

Rep. Bill Johnson, meanwhile, asked Zuckerberg why Facebook had rejected ads submitted by Franciscan University depicting Christ on the cross.

The Cambridge Analytica issue was the reason Zuckerberg was on Capitol Hill, answering questions about how that company - which has counted US President Donald Trump's election campaign among its clients - got hold of data about Facebook users. An accurate profile can reveal details, like our sexual orientation, that we never chose to disclose in the first place. "That app offers an option to sync text messages". The notes also include what not to say during the testimony. Zuckerberg said, "I think it's an idea that deserves a lot of consideration. We do have messenger, which can import texts". All this information then is mixed using some secret and powerful algorithms that create your Facebook profile.

"Senator, are you asking about those specifically?"

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Not all senators stuck to basic questions.

The Facebook CEO was called to testify before Congress in the wake of scandals involving privacy violations and foreign interference in the 2016 elections.

Some politicians grew frustrated at their limit of four minutes each to press Mr Zuckerberg on specifics, and chastised the billionaire at times for offering up rehearsed platitudes about valuing user privacy. "So far, we've done nothing on Facebook".

Zuckerberg answered the question about Facemash's history while appearing to stifle a chortle. You knew about 87 million 27 months ago, but the decision was made not to notify. "But there's more to do, and you can find more of the details of the other steps we're taking in the written statement I provided", he said.

"Yes", Zuckerberg said when Congresswoman Dana Louise DeGette asked whether Facebook has witnessed no significant increase in users deactivating their accounts.

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