5 questions Mark Zuckerberg dodged on Capitol Hill

5 questions Mark Zuckerberg dodged on Capitol Hill

After Facebook revealed that Cambridge Analytica (CA), AggregateIQ and other companies had improperly collected data on 87 million Facebook users, people around the world waited in uncomfortable anticipation for a notification from Facebook that their personal data had been acquired and sold by Cambridge Analytica.

Zuckerberg was on Capitol Hill for the second consecutive day to answer questions from Congress, visiting the House of Representatives after sitting with almost half the Senate on Tuesday.

It comes in the wake of revelations last month that millions of users' personal information was wrongly harvested from the website by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted US President Donald Trump's election campaign among its clients.

Zuckerberg said it "is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation" of internet companies, an idea that has been floated by Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

Capito sought information about Facebook privacy policies, but also took the opportunity to get Zuckerberg to commit to partnering with the FDA in an effort to cripple the sales of Fentanyl and other opioid drugs over social media and the Internet. What Mr. Zuckerberg did not clearly address was whether users could sufficiently understand what they were consenting to.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) had the chance to ask the Facebook CEO himself, Mark Zuckerberg, why the company targets certain content.

So, Zuckerberg headed to Capitol Hill to personally represent his company amid public outcry over Cambridge Analytica's use of Facebook data, ostensibly to take responsibility and work for change.

With news about Facebook and its data sharing and selling practices in hyperfocus this week, it's important to know if the platform is using your data.

But Zuckerberg frequently gave vague answers and often told members of Congress his team would follow up with them at a later time.

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Zuckerberg admits Facebook didn't do enough to protect users after finding out about the Cambridge Analytica breach.

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"There are 35,000 on-line pharmacies and the FDA thinks 96 percent of them are operating illegally", said McKinley as he showed pictures of Facebook ads for on-line pharmacies.

That statement leaves open the possibility that Facebook will someday offer a paid version - perhaps one without ads and the ensuing data scandal that has Zuckerberg testifying in front of lawmakers right now.

Asked whether Facebook would implement outside Europe the specific GDPR standard that allows people to opt out of the use of their data for direct marketing, Zuckerberg resisted any commitment. "It was my mistake, and I'm sorry", he said. Of course, the billionaire Facebook founder was not willing to share his information.

"Those are the ones we're aware of", Cardozo said.

Facebook didn't immediately respond to a request for additional comment.

The GDPR requires companies make terms and conditions easier to read and comprehend.

Most of Zuckerberg's testimony, though, focused on privacy issues and user data.

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