Zuckerberg sailed through testimony thanks to Senators' tech confusion

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When New York Representative Paul Tonko asked if Facebook should "bear the liability for the misuse of people's data", Zuckerberg responded that the company takes "responsibility", but refused to claim his company was liable, stating CA was exclusively at fault. And then what that shows, I think that shows the failure of regulation in this area.

"What is the standard that Facebook uses to determine what is offensive or controversial, and how's that standard been applied across Facebook's platform?" The company also said the data was never used as part of the firm's work with the Trump campaign.

Zuckerberg was in Washington to testify about privacy concerns prompted by Cambridge Analytica, which was started by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

"If you're logged into Facebook with the same browser you use to surf the web, the company knows exactly who you are and the vast majority of the websites you visit", Oppenheim says.

Zuckerberg sat in the hot seat in front of the U.S Senate with cameras surrounding him.

Zuckerberg responded that Facebook does not listen in on people's conversations and that Facebook executives bring their phones into confidential meetings. And the more data that Facebook collects allows you to better target ads to users or classes of users. "Neither company has ever handled such data".

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Appearing before the lawmakers on Wednesday, Zuckerberg denied the allegation that users do not have enough control of their data on Facebook. You click on that I Agree button while using Facebook services.

The introduction of the program comes at an interesting time for Facebook, as the social network and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks to win back the trust of users. It turns out that people mostly entrust their information to Microsoft, Lyft, Tesla, and Netflix which barely managed to generate any negative response.

In his testimony, Zuckerberg also stated that Facebook does not see the messages of acquired company WhatsApp, India's most popular messaging platform. Out of this lot, Facebook took first place as the most distrusted company as voted by 56% and only seconded by Google, who received a mere 5% of the votes. But Facebook doesn't asks them.

The reaction of Facebook's chairman and CEO - a middle-grade air of panic, a brief awkward silence and nervous laughter - made it clear he doesn't dwell as thoughtfully on universal privacy issues as much as he wants us to think he does. The app vacuumed up not just the data of the people who took it, but also - thanks to Facebook's loose restrictions - data from their friends, too, including details that they hadn't meant to share publicly. But the more people join, the more useful it becomes.

"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.

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