Facebook to bring in changes to protect user data

Amid the storm, Trump took to Twitter to boast about his successful use of social media in the 2016 campaign.

Facebook spent the week trying to explain what happened, and Zuckerberg finally did a press tour Wednesday apologizing and trying to smooth over concerns that the social network can no longer be trusted.

Cambridge Analytica is being scrutinized over its actions during the 2016 campaign after an executive with the firm was recorded boasting about the firm's ability to covertly target voters, entrap politicians, and launch propaganda campaigns. Senator John Thune, the committee chairman, and Bill Nelson, the top Democrat, said the committee would work with Facebook "to find a suitable date for Mr. Zuckerberg to testify in the coming weeks". He said he was open to the idea of regulating tech and was in favor of legislation around transparency in online advertising.

On resources to fix things: "We'll have more than 20,000 people working on security and community operations by the end of the year", he told the Times.

"You are likely talking about tens of thousands of apps that got "friend permissions" and some of those apps had tens - it was huge - or hundreds of millions of users, so there was a vast (amount) of data that passed out the door", Parakilas said.

"It's not a question of "if" regulation it's a question of what type", she said.

Facebook kingpin Mark Zuckerberg is looking for friends. "I think we got that wrong".

As Wired reported, researcher Aleksandr Kogan built a personality quiz app inside of Facebook, which was later used by close to 27,000 American Facebook users. When Facebook learned about the information being shared, it asked Cambridge Analytica to destroy the data. Zuckerberg said that this was against the social network's policy, and that Kogan's app was banned as a result. They provided that certification. The auditors didn't have time to investigate because the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) came with a warrant and told the auditors to stand down so they wouldn't impede the government's investigation. Breaking more than four days of silence, Zuckerberg admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm.

Beyond the steps we had already taken in 2014, I believe these are the next steps we must take to continue to secure our platform.

One committee member pointedly asked whether Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder and chief executive, was aware of the issue.

In Washington, Zuckerberg's media rounds did little to satisfy lawmakers in either political party who demanded this week the billionaire testify before Congress.

Zuckerberg's willingness to answer questions before Congress if he's "the most informed person at Facebook in the best position to testify" gives him cover to never testify.

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