Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Facebook scandal explained | Why Zuckerburg is testifying to Congress

Facebook scandal explained | Why Zuckerburg is testifying to Congress

Zuckerberg testified for around five hours in a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

Zuckerberg estimated more than 100 million web pages had at one stage contained a like button, and promised to provide more information on the matter at a later stage. Each had the opportunity to question Zuckerberg during his testimony before the committee. They are mostly just trying to understand how Facebook allowed this data breach to happen and are trying to determine whether there is a risk of it happening again. Zuckerberg has been on an apology tour for most of the past two weeks, culminating in his congressional appearances this week.

Whether Facebook employees were working with Cambridge Analytica to refine Trump campaign tactics during the 2016 presidential election.

Zuckerberg replied, but hinted at something else. In contrast to the information that users (more or less) willingly share, the vast majority of users have no idea that such data even exists. Responding to questions about Facebook's role in inciting violence in Myanmar, Zuckerberg mentioned three shifts that the company is instituting there and in other countries dealing with similar issues: hire more local-language content reviews, work with civil society to take down accounts rather than isolated content pieces and institute product changes to aid in issues such as news literacy.

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"The profiles that Facebook builds on non-users don't necessarily include so-called "personally identifiable information" (PII) like names or email addresses", Gillmor said. Ironically, shares hit an all-time high just before the Cambridge Analytica scandal hit, but they've been down 16 percent ever since. The US is famously wary of governments getting too involved in private business, and the nation has relatively loose laws when it comes to issues of data privacy.

How effective is Facebook's "Bug Bounty program", in combating harmful transfer of data, in addition to identifying unauthorized access to data.

How much data does Facebook collect on users - and non-users? He gave no further details.

Whether Facebook tracks a user's internet browsing activity even after he has logged off of Facebook, and, if so, whether Facebook notifies users of such tracking.

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That code then reports back to Facebook on your surfing habits to help it better target ads.

Also, whether Facebook keeps a backup version of your data after account shutdown.

Criticism about how Facebook handled smartphone device data followed, with concerns that its mobile apps had a disturbing eagerness to upload all of a user's contacts - not to mention tapping into their messaging - to the cloud.

Zuckerberg in his testimony in front of the U.S. lawmakers agreed that Facebook tracks internet users through hundreds of millions of web pages. All of us have a cousin who was talking to a friend about a purple jumper last week, only to find an ad for a jumper on their Facebook feed the very next day.

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Details about the deployment of AI tools that are created to combat misinformation. "So, if we see terrorist content for example, we will flag that and we can take that down".

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