Zuckerberg emerges unscathed from Congress grilling over Facebook flaws


The security settings also let you enable log-in notifications and approvals, and view and edit your recognized devices and active sessions.

Facebook has been in the spotlight since news broke last month that the personal information of 87 million users had been illegally harvested by consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica in an attempt to influence political outcomes.

During his testimony to the House on Wednesday, April 11, Zuckerberg acknowledged that his personal data had been stolen by Cambridge Analytica.

If you thought the torrent of Cambridge Analytica revelations might finally be coming to an end, we have bad news for you.

"Every time that someone chooses to share something on Facebook. there is a control".

Facebook says it will stop spending money to fight a proposed California ballot initiative aimed at giving consumers more control over their data. Unfortunately, this is only possible if you have a Facebook account.

Just how much data does Facebook really have?

"But I think you have to be careful about putting regulation in place".

Facebook does have a policy to remove or hide content they deem unsafe or hate speech.

"We have communicated directly with Diamond and Silk about this issue. What is unsafe about two black women supporting Donald J Trump?" one of the legislators asked.

This could very well explain why it is so hard for lawmakers to pin down Zuckerberg. "I'm aware that there may be, but we are working with them".

Larry Buschon, a Republican from IN, brought up a concern about Facebook listening IN on people's conversations. "Some things are striking during this conversation", she said.

His admission that even the company's tech-savvy founder was unable to protect his own information underscored the problem Facebook has in persuading sceptical lawmakers that users can easily safeguard their own information and that further legislation governing Facebook is unnecessary. McGinn says he isn't trying to take shots at his former employer - he just thinks the data is too important to ignore.

Zuckerberg responded saying: "Congressman, that is an accurate description of the prank website I made when I was a sophomore".

Hatch failed to follow up with any questions about the user data Facebook collects in order to offer its targeted advertisements, which brought the company $39, 942,000,000 in 2017.

The company has always denied these allegations.

At one stage, Mark was asked whether Facebook could see "emails" sent over WhatsApp - while Senator Orrin Hatch asked how Facebook can "sustain a business model in which users don't pay for your service?".

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

The company does this by using different techniques integrated into pages around the web.

Rep. Bill Johnson, meanwhile, asked Zuckerberg why Facebook had rejected ads submitted by Franciscan University depicting Christ on the cross. Zuckerberg said he will know more when the current investigation is over. You didn't know that the FTC doesn't have fining. He doesn't recognize the term "shadow profiles", though.

Facebook will investigate tens of thousands of apps to discover if any other companies have accessed data in a similar way to Cambridge Analytica.

Never share your personal information online such as sharing a photo of your identity card, passport or credit card, academic credentials which may be exploited by some cyberstalkers to blackmail you.