After weathering heated questions from two Senate panels, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to Capitol Hill Wednesday to face more questions from the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the social media platform's transparency and user privacy.
On Tuesday morning, Zuckerberg posted on his personal Facebook page that he planned on speaking "about how Facebook needs to take a broader view of our responsibility - not just to build tools, but to make sure those tools are used for good". They focus on data privacy, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Russian election interference, and what Facebook is doing to better address these concerns.
As a result, he found it relatively easy to return to familiar talking points: Facebook made mistakes, he and his executives are very sorry, and they're working very hard to correct the problems and safeguard the users' data.
Thirty percent of Facebook users in 2011 said they were concerned about the invasion of privacy.
While the company has always denied this practise, suspicion and distrust in the company is at an all time high after it was revealed that the profile information of some 87 million users was shared with Cambridge Analytica without Facebook's consent, forcing Zuckerberg to make a definitive statement on the theory.
The committee currently has 55 members, including 31 Republicans, and is chaired by Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican from Oregon. He also said that the firm will be increasing resources to investigate apps and take appropriate actions.
On Monday, Congress released Zuckerberg's prepared testimony ahead of Wednesday's hearing.
In the hearings, Zuckerberg is trying to both restore public trust in his company and stave off federal regulations that some lawmakers have floated.
Zuckerberg clearly admitted to mistakes and took responsibility. With a dramatic flourish, Blumenthal had an aide produce a poster that outlined the terms of service for Kogan's app-terms that Facebook had apparently approved, and which gave Kogan permission to sell and store the information that he had collected.
Whether Facebook's "bug bounty" program will address impermissible sharing of information and not just unauthorized access to it. Sen. All you have to do is say "Alexa, tune my guitar" and the smart speaker will cycle through the six notes used for regular tuning.
Discuss the details of allowing civil-rights organizations to audit the companies dealing in areas of credit and housing. Coöperating in the fantasy that it has our best interests in mind heightens the danger it poses. Now you know that, and I know that.
Once you're using your Amazon Echo like a pro, you may occasionally want to clear all the personal information it records. "I'm communicating with my friends on Facebook and indicate that I love a certain kind of chocolate", Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, said at one point, by way of example.
Bosworth was Zuckerberg's teaching fellow at Harvard, and he has been intimately involved in many of the company's decisions.