On Wednesday, during his second day of testimony before Congress about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was asked by Representative Billy Long of Missouri whether a long-ago project - one that preceded Facebook - is still in existence.
After allegations that British data firm Cambridge Analytica inappropriately harvested Facebook user data for targeted political advertising, the senatorial questioning focused on concerns about data privacy, control, and regulation, highlighting how the advertising business model disincentives privacy protection.
Beginning this Monday, Facebook has started to notify those users whose data have been breached. So to make them care it's only recently that Facebook has allowed you to download all of the data that they have on you.More news: Trump Seethes Over FBI Raid, Ponders Firing Those He Blames
"Every time that a person chooses to share something on Facebook, they're proactively going to the service and choosing that they want to share a photo, write a message to someone". It's not clear what that regulation would look like and Zuckerberg didn't offer any specifics.
But in two days of testimony before the House and Senate, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed what he thinks it really is.
I think there's a little bit of hypocrisy here. "Why should we trust you?" asked Democratic Representative Mike Doyle. It's that Facebook doesn't view or define itself in the way that its more than 2 billion users do. "And then, about a month ago, we heard a new report that suggested that this was not true", he said.
In response, he initially said no, but reiterated Facebook's new investigation into third-party apps on the platform was seeking to discover if there had been any other cases of misuse. "Is it true that Facebook is going to charge to use the site?" "Some things are striking during this conversation", she said.More news: Bed Bath & Beyond Shares Tumble on Disappointing Guidance
Facebook does have a support page titled,"I don't have a Facebook account and would like to request all personal data stored by Facebook".
"There are certainly other things that we do, too". Facebook shares closed up 0.78 percent on Wednesday after rising 4.5 percent Tuesday.
"To me, he came across as very conciliatory, especially when he took full responsibility for the mistakes of his company", said Jessica Vitak, head of the University of Maryland's Privacy and Education Research Lab.
Why Facebook rejected a seemingly harmless advertising campaign by a state senator candidate from MI. At the moment there's no other platform way near what Facebook here has. Yet several Republican lawmakers complained to Zuckerberg about what they called a bias on Facebook.More news: Study shows bathroom hand dryers spray fecal particles onto hands