Facebook founder's data 'was included in breach'

13 April, 2018, 02:31 | Author: Darnell Patrick
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The announcement comes during a moment of particular prominence: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying Wednesday before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, in part about that scandal. Among the numerous items on the agenda were data ownership and access and privacy rights.

The Government has warned Facebook ministers are prepared to bring in new tough regulations unless it reforms in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. A summary of Zuckerberg's binder of notes from the New York Times describes his talking points as including everything from prepared responses to questions about whether he would resign to whether Facebook should be broken up as a monopoly power.

That didn't really answer the question.

Stressing that there is an online propaganda "arms race" with Russian Federation and it was important to make sure no one interferes in any more elections including in India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that his own personal data was "improperly shared".

In his opening statement to the assembled committee, Mr Zuckerberg said: 'My top priority has always been our social mission of connecting people, building community and bringing the world closer together.

Barton had asked about what data Facebook shares with third parties about people under the age of 18.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the US Congress multiple times that Facebook users have enough control over their data on Facebook. The platform will be changing default settings to be more privacy protective as well.


Zuckerberg talked about the same thing when Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) asked about what's in Facebook's terms of service on Wednesday and when on Tuesday Sen. But when asked if his data had been improperly used he replied: "Yes". Why wasn't explaining what Facebook does with users' data a higher priority for you as a co-founder and now as CEO? "Giving people control of their information and how they want to set their privacy is foundational to the whole service", he said during the testimony before the panel.

Facebook said you can prevent apps and websites from misusing your information. Zuckerberg said, "I'm not familiar with that". But that doesn't mean it doesn't profit from it. "I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here".

Facebook has now confirmed it is planning to roll out an "unsend" button that will offer similar functionality to all users on the platform. "Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this", Wozniak told USA Today an an email. Meaning if you don't take action, or are confused by the prompt, you'll give up data you don't want to.

Have more objections? Sharon Profis sheds some light on why it's OK to delete your account and goes through the steps you'll need to follow.

GREG WALDEN: Did it ever cross your mind that you should be communicating more clearly with users about how Facebook is monetizing their data?

Pressed repeatedly by Democratic Senator Ed Markey to endorse a proposed law that would require companies to get people's permission before sharing personal information, Zuckerberg agreed to further talks.

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