Zuckerberg's Congress testimony is over, but scrutiny is just ramping up

Zuckerberg's Congress testimony is over, but scrutiny is just ramping up

KitGuru Says: Even if there are no immediate repercussions, with the whole world keeping its eye on the platform, Zuckerberg and his team have their work cut out.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat from IL, recounted a long list of Zuckerberg's apologies over the years before concluding: "This is proof to me that self-regulation does not work". He also answered questions from lawmakers in an attempt to clear the air around the investigation.

I do. I was covering higher education for The Free Press when Facebook came out.

While some of the questions were clearly too specific for Zuckerberg to answer without referring to some sort of written documents, many of his "follow up" promises were nothing more than his lawyer-coached way of saying no or refusing to answer a question.

Zuckerberg took part in two hearings Tuesday afternoon to pass along as much information regarding the interaction between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica as possible.

CORNISH: I want to go back to the controversy that led to these hearings that the political firm Cambridge Analytica got data on millions of Facebook users without their consent - any news on that front?

"I do imagine that we will find some apps that were either doing something suspicious or misusing people's data", he said.

Although much of the current global discussion about internet privacy is focused on Facebook's recently publicized policies and failures, the Gallup poll also found a greater number of Google users are concerned about their protecting their privacy when using the platform-35 percent are "very concerned", a 10-point jump from 2011.

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SELYUKH: Yes. A number of concessions came out of Zuckerberg, especially on how much Facebook knows about people.

Lawmakers said repeatedly they think Facebook should probably be regulated.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) asked Zuckerberg on Tuesday how the company made money, the chief executive replied, "Senator, we sell ads". He initially attempted to dismiss her concerns about the use of user data with advertisers with a refrain heard over and over during the two days of testimony: "We don't sell data to advertisers". "But at the same time it doesn't seem like future activities are prevented".

The verdict from Wall Street is in - and investors clearly think Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was the victor after ten hours of testimony in Congress Tuesday and Wednesday. Earlier this year, special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies in a plot to interfere in the 2016 presidential election through a social media propaganda effort that included online ad purchases using USA aliases and politicking on US soil.

Seemingly unimpressed, Republican Sen.

Zuckerberg told the Senate on Tuesday that the company has been working with Mueller in his Russian Federation probe and apologized over and over again for the company's handling of data privacy.

Earlier this year, a Belgium court ruled that Facebook's tracking of non-users with the help of social plugins and cookies breaks privacy laws.

Many questions focused on Cambridge Analytica, which gathered data several years ago through a personality quiz created by an academic researcher. A number of the Russian ads were on Facebook. Zuckerberg said Facebook has "a lot of competitors" including "the other tech platforms, Google, Apple, Microsoft". He assured senators the company would have handled the situation differently today.

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