The challenge of regulating Facebook


It was not until I checked it out here that I discovered one of my friends installed the personality quiz app "This Is Your Digital Life" before 2014, and some of my data would have made it to the servers of Cambridge Analytica.

Some of the concerns that were repeatedly raised by the questions senators posed were surrounding data privacy and what Facebook itself was doing with data, targeted advertising and, of course, about the infamous Cambridge Analytica data breach, how it could have been avoided and what actions Facebook took before and after it became aware of the breach.

"So, we do need to understand whether there was something bad going on at Cambridge University overall that will require a stronger reaction from us".

Though Zuckerberg admitted to the involvement of the platform, he assured the Senate that Facebook was better prepared to deal with election meddling this time around, while still pointing out that methods of political meddling too will keep evolving.

"Our researchers have been publishing such research since 2013 in major peer-reviewed scientific journals, and these studies have been reported widely in worldwide media", it added.

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


As we said, the hearing wasn't a confrontation between political power and technological power which we were expecting. Zuckerberg told Congress that the firm got some of his information.

But his calm demeanor at times appeared to frustrate the panel of 42 senators, who also lobbed questions on everything from diversity to bias against conservative news and views at the 33-year-old billionaire - without extracting many new concessions from him.

"There are people in Russian Federation whose job it is to try to exploit our systems and other Internet systems and other systems as well", he said.

It is prescription on how companies treat consumer data.

Alexander Nix, who had been in charge until March, remains suspended. Blackburn asked Zuckerberg as he testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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During a testy early exchange, he declined to give a commitment to change all users' default privacy settings to collect the minimum amount of personal information.

House lawmakers were a bit tougher on Zuckerberg than their colleagues in the Senate, many of whom seemed confused by the company and what it does.

"That's disappointing to me", responded Democratic congressman Frank Pallone. It has also banned reviews of new apps on Facebook. "To the contrary, our goal is to be a platform for all ideas", Zuck said.

To which Zuckerberg replied "yes".

"While Facebook has certainly grown, I worry it has not matured". The company's chief technology officer wrote that Facebook would be shutting down some of the APIs' core functions and features.

At the House hearing, however, legislators hit Zuckerberg with more pointed questions.

35% said they were using Facebook less than they used to over the privacy issue.

And he was unable to say how many types of data were being gathered about non-members.

Anna Eshoo, a Silicon Valley Democrat, asked Mr Zuckerberg if he was willing to change his business model to protect individual privacy. But it does sell access to you, or more specifically, access to your News Feed, and uses that data to show you specific ads it thinks you're likely to enjoy or click on.

"[Data collection] includes information about the websites and apps you visit, your use of our services on those websites and apps, as well as information the developer or publisher of the app or website provides to you or us", the policy reads. But he warned that lawmakers should be careful in what they propose.