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Nearly all of Facebook's 2.2 billion users (11 million in Australia) are, given the recent privacy scandal, aware that they are the product - and that they pay with their time and data for using the world's biggest social network. Facebook has been allowing partners to pilfer not only users' personal information but that of all their contacts.

"We've got to fix that", Representative Lujan, a Democrat, told Zuckerberg, calling for such disclosure, a move that would have unclear effects on the company's ability to target ads.

"Social media is eroding democracy", Summers said.

"We agree that, when it comes to advertising on Facebook, people should be able to see all the ads that a page is running - and when it comes to political ads, all advertisers should be verified and any ads that they run should be clearly labelled to show who paid for them".

"This kind of data collection is fundamental to how the internet works", Facebook said in a statement to Reuters. "It certainly is scary, but you should think that hacking is bad, not Facebook". Now, that action is specifically prohibited by Facebook in the terms of service they have for app and quiz developers. But the profitability those investors have been punting on is now threatened; the unethical and potentially illegal mining of data by a third party, political research mercenaries Cambridge Analytica, poses an existential threat to Facebook.

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The Facebook executives will say that they are "aligned with its goals".

Actually, I am not ditching Facebook.

A group of users created a campaign called "Faceblock" for users to boycott Facebook on the day of Mark Zuckerberg's senate hearing, arguing that the site's users deserve better. Those users would have been notified that they were granting mailbox access, so their "entire mailbox history" may have been uploaded. Facebook said on Friday that it does not do so.

The first regulatory challenge to Facebook's practices for non-users may come next month when a new European Union law, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), takes effect and requires notice and consent prior to data collection.

The social network would be wise to recognize at least a right to know, said Michael Froomkin, a University of Miami law professor.

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