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Welch, House lawmakers continue grilling Facebook CEO

12 Avril 2018

In addition, Representative Frank Pallone pushed Zuckerberg to commit to changing Facbeook's default user settings to minimise data collection "to the greatest extent possible". Whatever sympathy that engendered among the committee members didn't last long, as Zuckerberg was later questioned about past invasions of privacy.

Facebook has begun contacting up to 87 million users of the social media site whose information may have been improperly obtained by Cambridge Analytical - but not all of the affected account holders have been notified yet, according to media reports. CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that he made a "huge mistake" in failing to take a broad enough view of what Facebook's responsibility is in the world. Going into the day 2 of Zuckerberg testimony, we will be bringing all the highlights from the hearing right here. Everyone was longing for the days of MySpace, even though Facebook's reach now extends there in some form, as well. I'd like to point out they're African-American. "And this is actually a concern that I have and that I try to root out in the company - is making sure that we don't have any bias in the work that we do, and I think it is a fair concern that people would wonder about".

One several occasions an unsteady Mr Zuckerberg was interrupted by impatient lawmakers and chastised for being evasive. "Your personal data?" asked Eshoo.

"I believe everyone owns their own content online", Zuckerberg responded.

Zuckerberg has said Facebook will ensure that its platform is not misused to influence elections in India and elsewhere. Dick Durbin questioned Mark Zuckerberg about his own privacy and whether he would be willing to tell people what hotel he stayed at or the names of the people he had messaged. It was recently found that Facebook officials deleted messages from Zuckerberg on the platform.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Tuesday that "Facebook is a virtual monopoly, and monopolies need to be regulated".

2007: "We simply did a bad job".

Here are the seven most notable developments from today's hearing.

"There is a real trust gap here".

It's not clear how much Facebook can shift from using data to sell ads without undermining its profitability. Zuckerberg managed to, mostly, keep a straight face while replying: "Senator, we run ads". "We've had a review process for apps for years".

The topic of Facebook regulation also came up occasionally during the hearing, and Zuckerberg said repeatedly that he's open to some type of regulation. He said he was not opposed to Congress introducing new laws to govern the company, but fended off attempts to pin him down on details.

Cambridge Analytica has maintained that it deleted the data it received from Kogan's app when it learned that its retrieval violated Facebook's terms of service, and has denied that data acquired via the app was "used by Cambridge Analytica as part of the services it provided to the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign".

Welch, House lawmakers continue grilling Facebook CEO