Facebook vs FaceMash: Zuckerberg explains the difference

According to a recent survey about Facebook users and their expectations, almost 60 percent of respondents expected the company to collect some data about them.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) grilled Zuckerberg over reports that Facebook had deplatformed the outspoken duo for being "unsafe for the community".

"Lay people generally talk about who owns the data and that doesn't exactly line up with how the law works", Fraser said.

Most of the measures taken to date are about protecting the users' data and doing a better job of making sure that all accounts are tied to a real human being.

"There is a problem that you can't actually own digital information, at least under Canadian law". By default, Facebook shows you ads based on interests you've expressed over the years and the companies you have "interacted" with - for instance, by sharing your email or phone number, visiting their website or using their app. Facebook mishandling that data isn't fair, but neither is advice to stop posting pictures on the site. Senators and representatives know that Facebook directly affects a huge proportion of their constituents who were shocked - SHOCKED - by the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

And it may surprise you that on Facebook's page when you go to "I don't have a Facebook account and would like to request all my personal data stored by Facebook" it takes you to a form that says "go to your Facebook page and then on your account settings you can download your data". "Starting today, apps using the API will no longer be able to access the guest list or posts on the event wall".

Perhaps more important, they seemed to buy into the myth of Facebook's importance and the inevitability of its growing influence.

Senate Gary Peters asked Mr Zuckerberg the direct question of "Yes or no, does Facebook use audio obtained from mobile devices to enrich personal information about users?"

At a different point in the hearing, he said: "In general, we collect data of people who have not signed up for Facebook for security purposes".

And Mark Zuckerberg added: "A number of people suggest that we should offer a version where people cannot have ads if they pay a monthly subscription, and certainly we consider ideas like that".

Throughout the hearings, Zuckerberg repeatedly sought to dispel the notion that Facebook sells user data.

Facebook is working to fix its broken reputation following the ongoing investigation related to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. There is no earthly use for much of the data it collects and there is probably some that it could collect but does not.

Fraser said if he were a politician, he could ascertain who would be unlikely to vote for him by campaigning door-to-door.

Lawmakers were at times aggressive Tuesday as they accused Zuckerberg of failing to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from Russians intent on upsetting the USA election.

"I think it's time to ask if Facebook has moved too fast and broken too many things", Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) stated at the beginning of this morning's hearing.

  • Leroy Wright