Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

What Facebook really knows about you will leave you shook

What Facebook really knows about you will leave you shook

Twitter, in comparison, has 330 million monthly active users.

In a series of questions on how people can remove data from Facebook, Zuckerberg said the company does "collect data on people who are not signed up for Facebook, for security purposes". The data obtained by Kogan was then sold to Cambridge Analytic. If it is, and it's being used for other commercial, privacy-breaking things, expect to see Zuckerberg answering many more questions most likely surrounded by a small army of lawyers. "This email includes names and email addresses - including my own name - and at least one web bug created to identify me to Facebook's web servers when I open the email", he said.

"If you think it is hard to pass a bill that affects a lobbyist's favorite client", said Alvaro Bedoya, a former congressional aide who worked on privacy issues for former Senator Al Franken, "try passing a bill that affects all of them".

When asked if there was overlap between Cambridge Analytica's harvested user data and the political propaganda pushed by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency during the 2016 presidential election, Mr Zuckerberg said a connection is entirely possible. He went back to his talking points, saying that people already decide what groups to share info with.

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39% of Americans are "very aware" and 37% say they're "somewhat aware" of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Silicon Valley wants to make sure young companies get the same chance Facebook has had to put their data to use. Responding to a question, he told lawmakers that he meant to initiate legal action against the firm accused of stealing personal data and using it for political purposes in the 2016 US Presidential elections.

The issue of Facebook and people leaving of course they can't, there were the same problems with the financial crisis of 2008. "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. "In this period of time, right now in social networking they are a monopoly, but that monopoly will not persist forever", Hoffman said.

"How can consumers have control over their data when Facebook does not have control over the data?" asked Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, at the beginning of Wednesday's hearing. It's a multi-sided platform, the main objective of which is to get people to remain on it, creating content - data - that can be packaged as a profile for advertisers.

Facebook is neither a media or a financial institution, he said. His creation - built to feed on us caring about the posts, likes and shares of others - spread from his Harvard dorm room to take over the world.

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"I am optimistic that, over a 5-10 year period, we will have AI (Artificial Intelligence) tools that can get to some of the nuances - the linguistic nuances of different types of content..." But these are the assignments I think could cause the company the most headaches - and provide some revealing answers.

- A path forward -Some analysts said Zuckerberg's appearance suggests a new path forward for social media under closer scrutiny. "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility and that was a big mistake".

Zuckerberg mostly held his composure, repeating numerous same well-rehearsed answers: He is sorry for the company's mistakes.

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