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".
"Wrap it up, Grandpa Grassley", tweeted one user to the Judiciary Committee chairman, who was deep into his first term in the Senate when Zuckerberg was born in 1984. It's also considered far worse than Google, which just 7 percent of Americans considered to have a negative impact.
"He said he's in favour of some kind of regulation, but he's not behind some kind of sweeping regulation of Facebook that some critics of the company would like to see", McCabe said.
"Part of the challenge with regulation, in general, is that when you add more rules that companies need to follow, that's something that a larger company like ours has the resources to do", he said.
Doctors, however, point out that there is a valid health reason why Mr Zuckerberg sat on a cushion.
Even as it issues full-page apologies in print newspapers promising ritualistically "to do better", Facebook and its allies have minimized the importance of the seismic revelation that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on behalf of the Trump campaign in 2016, had gained access to the private information of about 50 million Facebook users. Zuckerberg has been on an apology tour for most of the past two weeks, culminating in his congressional appearances this week.
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg's compensation rose 53.5 per cent to $8.9 million in 2017, a regulatory filing showed on Friday, largely due to higher costs related to the 33-year old billionaire's personal security.
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There's also the possibility that legislation meant to give users more control over their data and privacy could end up benefiting a more established platform like Facebook and handicapping new services trying to build an audience and a business. Just give us five to swot up on our data policies and we're ready. "I consider us to be a technology company, because the primary thing that we do is have engineers who write code and build products and services for other people", he said. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team have been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 American Presidential election and potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign since a year ago and now apparently they've talked to Facebook.
Zuckerberg said he understands the concerns, especially because "Facebook and tech industry is located in Silicon Valley, which is an extremely Left-leaning place".
Zuckerberg said Facebook had been led to believe Cambridge Analytica had deleted the user data it had harvested and that had been "clearly a mistake". Marc Andreessen, the venture capitalist and a Facebook board member, doesn't tweet anymore, but he "likes" hundreds of tweets a week, a group that recently included a string that mocked the public's fear that new media forms can be turned into "weapons of total mind control". He assured senators the company would handle the situation differently today.
Zuckerberg was adamant that AI would iron out problems of regulating content in the future.
The way things are going, it looks like Zuckerberg will have to dust himself off for a progressively harder time with the US Congress in the coming months.
Republicans have yet to get behind any legislation, but that could change.
OTW, you heard Zuckerberg's testimony.
"That goes for fake news, for interference in elections and we didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility and that was a big mistake and it was my mistake and I'm sorry", the Facebook CEO said. That's a question of these companies being information fiduciaries. The section titled "Was my information shared?" explains whether your or your friends ever logged into the nefarious quiz, though it won't name which friends handed over your data to the app.