Mark Zuckerberg's data was collected by third parties

Zuckerberg resists efforts to commit to regulation

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg comes out unscathed after first day of congressional hearing

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has fronted US Congress about the social media site's data usage controversy.

Facebook said 87 million users around the world were impacted by the data scandal, far higher than initial estimates. "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake".

Before reading this article, you may want to watch this three-minute video or read this brief explainer about how a political firm, Cambridge Analytica, used Facebook to acquire private data on millions of Americans.

Facebook says it will stop spending money to fight a proposed California ballot initiative aimed at giving consumers more control over their data. When Zuckerberg said that no because those messages are encrypted, Sen. "On average, how many data points does Facebook have on each Facebook user?" he asked, hoping in vain for a straight answer.

However, unknown to users, the data from this quiz was then passed on to a company called "Cambridge Analytica", which handles data for political uses.

The 33-year-old billionaire has apologised numerous times and promised to make meaningful reforms to protect data privacy.

Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, is set to send a letter to Zuckerberg on Monday insisting that the Facebook co-founder come to testify, a spokesman for Tajani said Thursday, amid heightened concern about Facebook's privacy practices. Facebook's evolving terms of service and privacy policies have allowed the network, and third parties and advertisers on the platform, access to all sorts of information about you.

Republican congressman Fred Upton cited an example of a Michigan Republican whose campaign page was removed from Facebook.

"We have communicated directly with Diamond and Silk about this issue".

"Diamond and Silk was deemed "unsafe". Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) even relayed a question from the vloggers: "What is unsafe about two black women supporting Donald J. Trump?"

Picture: other What is Congress trying to find out from Zuckerberg? All the subtle language that helps stay people stay searchable by friends ... the work we will likely have to do in China some day. Facebook is powerful not because it has great products, but because of network effects; people need to use the tools that everyone else uses. Buschon explained that he and his mother had a conversation about her deceased brother and later on Facebook, his mother saw a memorial photo collage of her brother come up.

"I hear about all these people deleting their Facebook profiles and protesting", Trivisonno said.

Outside the Senate hearing room, scores of people lined up including some anti-Facebook protesters.

For many years, some Facebook users claim to have seen ads on the platform related to their recent conversations, leading to the suspicion that the company is surreptitiously listening in on them using a device's mic.

The company has always denied these allegations. After calling messaging through WhatsApp "email", he wondered if Facebook could collect that information. He assured senators the company would handle the situation differently today.

The controversy has brought a flood of bad publicity and sent the company's stock value plunging, but Zuckerberg seemed to achieve a measure of success in countering that.

"As CEO you didn't know some key facts", Dingell said. You didn't know that the FTC doesn't have fining. This is much different to Europe, which has more rigid rules about personal data.

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