"I don't want to vote to have to regulate Facebook, but by God, I will", Republican Senator John Kennedy told Zuckerberg on Tuesday. Zuckerberg was asked repeatedly on Tuesday on how Facebook collects data from people as they navigate around the internet, whether or not they have Facebook accounts or are logged into them.
Wearing a dark suit and tie and politely prefacing nearly every remark with "Congressman" or "Congresswoman", Zuckerberg appeared even more controlled than he did on Tuesday when he testified before senators. Pallone called the response "disappointing". "The GDPR has a bunch of different important pieces", Zuckerberg told Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL).
Appearing before the lawmakers on Wednesday, Zuckerberg denied the allegation that users do not have enough control of their data on Facebook. Useful data gets sent to Facebook whether you click on one of its buttons or not. If so, Facebook could be subject to hefty fines.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg today told lawmakers that his personal data was also harvested and sold by Cambridge Analytica, a British firm accused of stealing personal data and using it for political purposes in the USA presidential elections.
That's not to say there weren't smart lawmakers or informed questions there, but it was hard not to get the feeling that our future is more in Zuckerberg's hands than it is theirs, thanks to their colleagues' understanding of what's going on.
The CEO emerged largely unscathed after a five-hour session before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees Tuesday. Save for testimony a year ago from then-FBI Director James Comey, no hearings have drawn more interest on Capitol Hill in recent years.
But as Peters started to move to the next question, Zuckerberg came back to the microphone topic. But with only four minutes allotted to each of the 55 committee members, there was limited opportunity for followup questions.
But would people actually pay for an ads-free version? Zuckerberg countered that putting together a concise agreement has been a challenge.
And because Facebook claims it's for security, there's no way to turn it off. But when pressed, Zuckerberg said: "I don't know if we need a law".
In both hearings, legislators pushed Zuckerberg on its potential monopoly power. Along with Google, Facebook is consistently among the top three data-collectors in the field, said Reuben Binns, an Oxford University computer scientist who researches these beacons.
Or: why should you be allowed to continue the service without making everything opt-in from here on in, even if it means disabling the app until users manually opt in to the various services?
Conservative social media stars Diamond & Silk, real names Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson on Wednesday blasted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the company's branding them as "unsafe to the community". Privacy is no longer a social norm. Facebook shares closed up 1.2 percent on Wednesday after dips earlier in the day.
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