How non-Facebook users are still subject to its 'globe-spanning surveillance'

Diamond And Silk

Wearing a dark suit and tie and prefacing nearly every remark with "Congressman" or "Congresswoman", Zuckerberg appeared even more controlled than he did on Tuesday, as he refrained from cracking jokes and flashed few smiles. He faces more questioning on Wednesday. "No, Congressman. FaceMash was a prank website that I launched in college, in my dorm room, before I started Facebook", he said.

Seemingly unimpressed, Republican Sen.

Facebook is implementing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) standard for European users next month, and some of its rules will be extended to United States and other users later, he confirmed. He asked Zuckerberg a series of questions about what information the company can collect on its two billion users and use for advertising, including whether the social network can pinpoint that a person who posts on Facebook from his work computer in the morning is the same person who uploads a photo to his Facebook smartphone app at night.

Mark Zuckerberg opened his hearing with another apology and completed the hearing unscathed partially because of his robotic replies and mainly because of a lack of full grasp of technology by the investigators. Even so, his youth cast a sharp contrast with his often-elderly, gray-haired Senate inquisitors.

"You've said everyone controls their data, but you're collecting data on people that are not even Facebook users who have never signed a consent, a privacy agreement", Lujan said.

The company's stock was up about 2 per cent even before Zuckerberg sat down.

Facebook has been consumed by turmoil for almost a month, since it came to light that millions of users' personal information was wrongly harvested from the website by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign among its clients.

I'm not sure how much this plan has helped him.

Although shaky at times, Zuckerberg seemed to gain confidence as the day progressed.

"The internet is growing in importance around the world in people's lives, and I think that it is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation", he told lawmakers.

At times, he showed plenty of steel.

On a question if Facebook has a political bias, he said the platform's goal was not to engage in political speech.

Backpage.com co-founder likely to be released on Friday -- attorney
Ferrer also agreed to make the company's data available to law enforcement as investigations and prosecutions continue. In the Arizona plea, Ferrer acknowledged knowing that a great majority of Backpage.com's ads were for sex services.

Inside, clad in a navy suit and bright blue tie, Zuckerberg appeared before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees as he really is: the billionaire leader of one of the world's most powerful commercial and civic enterprises.

Dingell expressed frustration with Zuckerberg's frequent promises to get back to lawmakers later in writing. As many already suspected, Facebook collects data about non-users, too.

Pallone said that if Democrats were in charge, "then we would push all the more". Representative Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, pulled out his phone and read a constituent's question about Facebook silencing conservative commentators known as Diamond & Silk.

The data mining firm is credited with helping Donald Trump win the USA presidency in 2016.

Zuckerberg did not know key facts, she argued: details of court cases, the fact that the Federal Trade Commission can not issue fines, what a "shadow profile" was, how many applications need to be audited, how many other companies besides Cambridge Analytica were sold harvested data... or even what all Facebook was collecting.

In February, a Belgian court ruled that Facebook had violated European privacy law by tracking non-users because it had not obtained consent either to collect or store the data.

"He's giving the same responses to the same questions from different senators", said Helio Fred Garcia, a professor of crisis management at NYU and Columbia University in NY. Responding to questions about Facebook's role in inciting violence in Myanmar, Zuckerberg mentioned three shifts that the company is instituting there and in other countries dealing with similar issues: hire more local-language content reviews, work with civil society to take down accounts rather than isolated content pieces and institute product changes to aid in issues such as news literacy. One said information was likely shared after a friend logged in and another said they were not affected.

This could very well explain why it is so hard for lawmakers to pin down Zuckerberg.

Republicans have yet to get behind any legislation, but that could change.

"But I think you have to be careful about putting regulation in place".

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

At the hearing, Zuckerberg said: "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake". You pressed 'I agree.' Sorry.

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