Mark Zuckerberg Gets Grilled in Congressional Hearing Round 2
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 13, 2018,
Apr 13, 2018, 2:30
"Yes", Zuckerberg replied when Congresswoman Dana Louise DeGette said since the revelations surrounding Cambridge Analytica, Facebook has not noticed a significant increase in users deactivating their accounts.
Facebook has now confirmed it is planning to roll out an "unsend" button that will offer similar functionality to all users on the platform. He started off with an apology to USA lawmakers on Tuesday as he made a long-awaited appearance in the Congressional hearing since the data breach scandal broke.
The first question lobbed at Zuckerberg on Wednesday was about whether Facebook is a media company. No, Facebook doesn't sell your data. It also reignited long simmering concerns about Facebook's impact on the world's privacy, civil discourse and domestic institutions.
Yet the hearings in Washington managed to showcase the normally press-shy Zuckerberg's ability to perform as an able and well-rehearsed, if a bit stiff, CEO of one of the world's biggest companies - and the degree to which much of Congress appears befuddled about technology and the relevant issues.
"Do not consider ourselves as a financial institution though we help people send each other money".
Introduced by the European Union, GDPR or General Data Protection Regulation requires that the company's request for user consent in a clear and concise way, using language that is understandable, and be clearly distinguishable from other pieces of information, including terms and conditions.
Zuckerberg responded by noting that Facebook produces enterprise software but doesn't consider itself an enterprise software company, and it builds planes but doesn't consider itself an aerospace company.
As it turns out, CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself may have gotten one of those automated warnings, because his personal data was included in CA's roundup, too. "Going to start investigation of every app that had access to massive amount of data".
The 33-year-old tech mogul was on Capitol Hill to face a second day of grilling from U.S. lawmakers over the data leak scandal which saw 87 million users - including 1 million Brits - have their personal info harvested. "Giving people control of their information and how they want to set their privacy is foundational to the whole service", he said during the testimony before the panel.
The company said it will do that by turning off access for unused apps, by encouraging people to manage the apps they use.
Senator John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, asked Zuckerberg if he is willing to make a commitment to protect political speech from "all different corners". Meaning if you don't take action, or are confused by the prompt, you'll give up data you don't want to.