Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg faces harsh spotlight of Congress

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg faces harsh spotlight of Congress

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said he would not support a law that would give children greater privacy protections on sites like Facebook.

"It was my mistake, and I'm sorry", Zuckerberg said about the improper sharing of 87 million people's information by Cambridge Analytica, a firm working for Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The internet mogul also told the Senators that company had deployed new artificial intelligence tools in order to identify the fake accounts that might try to interfere or spread wrong information in elections.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg faces harsh spotlight of Congress
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg faces harsh spotlight of Congress

"Senator, the biggest thing I think we can do is implement it", Zuckerberg responded, saying that Facebook already planned to comply voluntarily.

Vice-President in charge of Ads at facebook, Rob Goldman and his counterpart for Local & Pages, Alex Himel, said Facebook has realised that users hardly know who or where advertisements on the platform are coming from and therefore has made a decision to correct that mistake.

Facebook will investigate "tens of thousands" of apps to discover if any other companies have accessed data in a similar way to Cambridge Analytica (CA), Mark Zuckerberg has told United States politicians. One of those being that everyone globally on their Facebook page will see an alert leading them to the apps setting where they can review the apps they've allowed access to their data. Those who say they have "nothing to hide" often forget about the information they hide all the time.

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Zuckerberg said, "If we find someone improperly used data we are going to ban them from Facebook and tell everyone affected".

"I want to be careful here because that - our work with the special counsel is confidential", he said, "and I want to make sure that, in an open session, I'm not revealing something that's confidential".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is expected to apologize once again for the social media giant's mishandling of personal data of tens of millions of users when he appears before a congressional committee on Tuesday.

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Zuckerberg confirmed that his company is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. "And when we address these challenges, I know we'll look back and view helping people connect and giving more people a voice as a positive force in the world". Facebook's stock was up about two per cent even before Zuckerberg sat down.

An example of what you might see if your data was not shared, after following the above steps. Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce panel, along with other senators. Zuckerberg said he favors the right type of regulation.

"There was a handful that I absolutely didn't know what they were for", he said.

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Republicans have yet to get behind any legislation, but that could change.

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