Mark Zuckerberg's Congressional Testimony: Day 2

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg emerged largely unscathed Wednesday (April 11) from two days of high-stakes hearings that saw U.S. lawmakers grill the billionaire over how the online giant feeds users' data to advertisers and chide him over privacy rights.

Bilirakis asked for a "definitive" answer as to when Facebook planned to remove the ads (as soon as possible after users flag them, according to Zuckerberg).

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg testified for almost 10 hours over two days on Facebook's privacy and data protection issues before committees of the Senate and House on Tuesday and Wednesday. Zuckerberg was unable to answer Dingell when she asked how many website pages had such buttons. Whether it was some senator's question or Zuckerberg's robotic expressions or his acceptance of Facebook's faults or his claim that they will do everything they can in order to stop violating the data privacy of individuals. But the app also collected data from the Facebook friends of users who had downloaded the app.

Zuckerberg has taken questions on a range of issues, from fake news and terrorist content to Russian propaganda and data privacy, as us lawmakers consider possible regulatory remedies.

Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Greg Walden, told reporters he would talk with committee members about holding similar hearings with other technology chief executives.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to a meeting with Senator John Thun.

"I think that might be what this is all about", said Mr Durbin. And Americans account for only a fraction of Facebook's user base.

I was one of the people who had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica, a company that has become notorious for using Facebook to target voters.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and almost 100 lawmakers covered a lot of ground this week during his testimony at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday and a House committee meeting Wednesday. "My top priority has always been our social mission of connecting people, building community, and bringing the world closer together".

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She noted that women who are part of the caravan praised it as a much safer alternative to traveling alone or with smugglers. Caravans like this one are common as an attempt to raise awareness, but they exist apart from the regular flow of migrants.

"You want to present people with the information about what they might be doing and give them the relevant controls in line, at the time that they're making those decisions, not just have it be in the background sometime, or make a one-time decision", he said. "I started Facebook, I run it, and at the end of the day I'm responsible for what happens here".

Facebook's data policies have been thrust into the limelight following reports that United Kingdom data firm Cambridge Analytica, which has ties to President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, improperly obtained data from Facebook.

Facebook shares rose more than 1 percent after climbing 4.5 percent on Monday.

However, contrary to the stand taken by CA, Facebook said that around 5.62 lakh people in India could have been impacted by the data breach undertaken allegedly by the political consultancy. Over the two days, the value of Zuckerberg's stake in the company grew about $3 billion.

"A$3 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".

On Tuesday Mark Zuckerberg said he was open to the "right regulation" of Facebook but did not commit to any specifics.

Patience with the social network had already worn thin among users, advertisers and investors after the company said last year that Russian Federation used Facebook for years to try to sway US politics, an allegation Moscow denies.

That disclosure pitched Facebook into a crisis of confidence among users, advertisers, employees and investors who were already struggling with Facebook's reaction to fake news and its role in the 2016 election.

  • Megan Austin