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Mark Zuckerberg admits his personal data was compromised by 'malicious' actors

12 Avril 2018

The House hearing came a day after a five-hour questioning by U.S. senators, in which Mr Zuckerberg made no further promises to support new legislation or change how the social network does business. In London, the Culture Secretary Matt Hancock hauled in Facebook executives to explain the data privacy harvest and what the company was doing about it.

Here are some key points Zuckerberg made in response to the questions on day one of his testimony.

Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg has refuted allegations that the social networking giant taps users' microphones to enhance the quality of ads.

As for the federal Russian Federation probe that has occupied much of Washington's attention for months, he said he had not been interviewed by special counsel Mueller's team, but "I know we're working with them". He called the issue "one of the more important things that we will do". "So this is an arms race". They're going to keep on getting better at this. John Thune of South Dakota said Zuckerberg's company had a 14-year history of apologizing for "ill-advised decisions" related to user privacy. The New York Times reported that Facebook "hired a team of experts, including a former special assistant to President George W. Bush, to put Mr. Zuckerberg, 33, a cerebral coder who is uncomfortable speaking in public, through a crash course in humility and charm".

"Mark Zuckerberg's failure to answer several critical questions during his appearance before the Senate today leaves me concerned about how much Facebook values trust and transparency", she wrote on Twitter. We shouldn't have taken their word for it.

Facebook's data policies have been thrust into the limelight following reports that United Kingdom data firm Cambridge Analytica, which has ties to President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, improperly obtained data from Facebook.

The number of accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, a pro-Kremlin propaganda group, that Facebook has taken down.

And the very disclosure of these notes says plenty about Facebook and Zuckerberg, who constantly seem to cling to an idealistic view of their mission and the real-world impact of the platform (failing to recognize that partners and third-party apps might use their access to Facebook user data for nefarious purposes).

Facebook also announced that it would inform users whose data had been breached.

Why would apps need to access information through Facebook?

"What we allow is for advertisers to tell us who they want to reach". 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.

Zuckerberg: I do not know off the top of my head.

"Go back home and rewrite it" so the average person can understand it, Kennedy suggested. "That would be a start".

"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.

Mark Zuckerberg admits his personal data was compromised by 'malicious' actors