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Canadian Facebook user feels 'manipulated' amid Cambridge Analytica scandal

12 Avril 2018

In a five-hour testimony before the US Senate on Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled on a range of issues that has kept the social media giant in the news over the past few weeks.

Yesterday's session featured nearly 50 legislators peppering Zuckerberg with queries about how Facebook safeguards user data, details on the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and even questions about what kind of regulations Zuckerberg believes should be put in place to regulate Facebook.

"He ditched his normal grey t-shirt for a suit and it was a solid performance from the Facebook CEO".

The shares fell steeply last month after it came to light that millions of users' personal information was harvested from Facebook by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign among its clients.

The social network is in the process of letting up to 87 million users know that their information may have been accessed by Cambridge Analytica.

Zuckerberg: Anyone can turn off and opt out of any data collection for ads, whether they use our services or not, but in order to prevent people from scraping public information... we need to know when someone is repeatedly trying to access our services.

While having human speech policed by AI was concerning in itself, people were quick to point the irony of a Zuckerberg not being able to define hate speech when he planned to get artificial intelligence to do it. Eastern, and the hearing ended around 7:27 p.m., accounting for short breaks.

Graham also asked Zuckerberg about regulation in Europe, where a new General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR law, is about to kick in. "There are certainly other things that we do do.We build planes to help connect people and I don't consider us to be an aerospace company". But their tweets reveal the unspoken dynamic: Zuckerberg is in the hot seat today, but Facebook still has all the power. Although he gave clear and concise answers to all queries, Zuckerberg was emphatic about the importance of safeguarding users' privacy and outline the various privacy controls available to Facebook's users. So a lot of this [is] still reactive.

"The reason I'm asking these questions, sir, is because we continue to have these abuses", DeGette said. This includes the basic responsibility of protecting people's information, which we failed to do with Cambridge Analytica.

But there was a glaring lack of challenge to one argument that underpinned much of Zuckerberg's defense of his company, which is that it has always had a central mission of connectivity and community.

"I just don't feel like we're connecting", Sen.

In the statement, Zuckerberg addresses Russian election interference and acknowledges, as he has in the past, that the company was too slow to respond and that it's "working hard to get better".

So for those who would be willing to pay for Facebook, how much would they be willing to pay? The CEO said he had not personally spoken with the investigation.

Cruz then asked about Facebook's hiring policy, suggesting that political leanings of the employees might be partly to blame for this. Zuckerberg was asked whether Facebook was a monopoly.

When New York Representative Paul Tonko asked if Facebook should "bear the liability for the misuse of people's data", Zuckerberg responded that the company takes "responsibility", but refused to claim his company was liable, stating CA was exclusively at fault.

Some senators of a certain age utilized posters to illustrate their questions, such as Sen.

Earlier this year 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.

Canadian Facebook user feels 'manipulated' amid Cambridge Analytica scandal