Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Mark Zuckerberg survives US Congress grilling over Cambridge Analytica scandal

Mark Zuckerberg survives US Congress grilling over Cambridge Analytica scandal

But he didn't explain why and how Cambridge Analytica still managed to misuse the personal data afterwards. Zuckerberg repeatedly told senators that unsatisfied Facebook members can adjust their privacy settings - or delete their accounts.

Hear, hear: Zuckerberg's testimony before a joint hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation and Senate Judiciary committees was sparked by the revelation weeks ago that Facebook is at the center massive data scandal.

In 2014, a personality quiz application invented by Russian academic Aleksandr Kogan, called "This is Your Digital Life", used Facebook to gain access to users' and their Facebook friends' public profiles including their page likes, birthdays, places of residence and private messages.

"We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake", he said.

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"Hate speech - I am optimistic that over a five- to 10-year period we will have [artificial intelligence] tools that can get into some of the linguistic nuances of different types of content to be more accurate, to be flagging things to our systems, but today we're just not there on that", he said.

He said the Russian campaign of disinformation had been discovered "right around the time" of the U.S. presidential election, and said the company had developed "new AI tools" to identify fake accounts responsible.

The scandal saw Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy firm involved in Donald Trump's election campaign, mine users' data through the use of a third-party Facebook app.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was calm throughout his hearing, answering questions candidly and confidently. We also learned that a lot of the legislators responsible for regulating Facebook don't fully understand what Facebook is - or how it works. Can Facebook tell us if there is any chance that this number can go up and more Indian users are found affected by the data breach?

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Zuckerberg also agreed to greater regulation of his company, according to the Times, and to help Congress frame regulations for tech companies including supporting a rule to notify users of a data breach within 72 hours.

When asked if any of Cambridge Analytica's data was being stored in Russia, Zuckerberg said he didn't have any indication that that was the case. "I think it's time to really change the conduct.The skepticism that I have is over the last what seven years, seven-14 years haven't seen really much change in ensuring that the privacy is there, and that individual users have control over their data".

Under "Data safety", the notes read, "Made mistakes, working hard to fix them".

"There are people in Russian Federation whose job it is to try to exploit our systems and other internet systems and other systems as well", he said.

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