Zuckerberg Testimony Doesn't Change Our View on Facebook


The social media site has come under fire in recent weeks for its mishandling of user data. Facebook's new, broader view of its responsibilities was constantly referenced, while his frequent references to starting Facebook in his dorm room even drew jokes from some senators. I'm also "interested" in Ed Rosenthal and Ryan Holiday, whoever they are.

But you might be wondering, how do I know if my personal information might have been shared?

MARK ZUCKERBERG: Congressman, in general, we collect data from people who have not signed up for Facebook for security purposes. You can check if you were affected by clicking this link.

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

When logged in, a user can go to Facebook's Help Center and search "Cambridge" to get to the portal.

For all of Zuckerberg's claims that Facebook users own their data, users - and non-users - have no way of determining the full trove of data that the company stores on an individual. People, she said, have to feel bad for you, and "that entails recognizing that you realize the severity of the damage".

In 2010, Zuckerberg said privacy was simply no longer a social norm.

Cambridge Analytica allegedly accessed users' personal data improperly and, according to a whistleblower, used that information to build psychological profiles to target voters with political ads.

"We all agree with that", Leahy snapped.

"Hopefully that will dispel a lot of what I've been hearing", said Peters, before moving on with his questioning. Any regulatory action that impedes the online giants is also likely to turn into a persistent drag on Wall Street, since tech stocks have been some of the market's biggest drivers over the past few years.

"The indication is that this is going to be an election issue", Enderle says.

Diamond and Silk appeared on Fox News earlier this week to discuss the Facebook kerfuffle, saying they noticed reduce engagement on their page for months and received a note from the social media company about their content last week. "After Hurricane Harvey, people raised more than $20 million for relief", he said. If so, Facebook could be subject to hefty fines.

Zuckerberg didn't elaborate more than that during the exchange with Eshoo, including how much of his personal data CA obtained.

"When an apology keeps being issued over and over and a transgression keeps being repeated, the apology comes to have less meaning and less impact", said Gabrielle Adams, a professor at the University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. "I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here".

"For obvious reasons we're not concerned with what Facebook's fixes to this problem are", says Lester.

For the most part, they consist of likening Zuck to a robot. "It feels to me like he is being repeatedly chastised by a group of elderly critics in a very authoritarian setting, and he is demonstrating enormous respect, dignity and restraint". Representative Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, pulled out his phone and read a constituent's question about Facebook silencing conservative commentators known as Diamond & Silk.

Zuckerberg, wearing a dark suit instead of his usual gray T-shirt, navigated through the first hearing on Tuesday without making any further promises to support new legislation or change how the social network does business, foiling attempts by senators to pin him down.