Mark Zuckerberg testimony released ahead of US Congress appearance

Apr 10, 2018, 18:57
Mark Zuckerberg testimony released ahead of US Congress appearance

Here are five questions that could shed more light on Facebook's privacy practices and the degree to which it is really sorry about playing fast and loose with user data - or just because its practices have drawn the spotlight.

"We want to hear from Mr. Zuckerberg as to whether or not Facebook violated the privacy of the American people", said Congressman Leonard Lance.

"We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake".

Facebook is one of 20 technology companies that last month joined the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online, which was organized by Google and the World Wildlife Fund. Weeks after the March 7 announcement, an AP reporter was able to see scores of internationally banned wildlife products for sale in public and private Facebook groups, most based in Southeast Asia.

New Zealand's privacy commissioner, John Edwards, said he was urgently seeking further information from Facebook on how New Zealanders data was used by Cambridge Analytica, and is working closely with his counterparts in the US, UK Australia and Canada to establish the severity and ramifications of the privacy beach. "Protecting our community is more important than maximizing our profits", he said.

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Zuckerberg is also expected to be asked about Russia's use of USA social media during the 2016 elections - a subject of several congressional investigations and special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference. Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg have embarked on an apology tour, giving numerous interviews to the media and insisting that Zuckerberg continues to be the best person to lead the company. "I think he thinks he's taking action, and has in the past".

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Between the two committees, a whopping 44 senators will have the opportunity to question Zuckerberg on Tuesday afternoon. They are calling on federal security regulators to force Facebook to immediately freeze accounts being used by illegal traffickers and cooperate with global law enforcement to identify the individuals involved for prosecution.

Zuckerberg meeting with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, April 9, 2018 on Capitol Hill.

He is set to appear before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees on Tuesday afternoon followed by a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Wednesday morning.

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After an hour-long meeting with Zuckerberg, Nelson said the CEO was "forthright" and promised changes.

Mounting pressure from the public, lawmakers, advertisers and investors has finally forced the reclusive billionaire mogul to submit to a level of public scrutiny that he has never seen before.

After its worst privacy crisis in history - allegations that this Trump-affiliated data mining firm may have used ill-gotten user data to try to influence elections - Facebook is in full damage-control mode. "We did this because the website may have misused some of your Facebook information by sharing it with a company called Cambridge Analytica", it reads. Does that mean regulation? In Facebook's example message, the company suggests how Cambridge Analytica might have accessed your data via a friend. The senator is more concerned immediately about data getting into the hands of people who intend to do harm.

"People have this idea that we are going to pass omnibus privacy legislation and it is going to be a silver bullet", said Alvaro Bedoya, a former congressional aide who worked on privacy issues for former Senator Al Franken.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the United States House and Senate this week. "Is he going to behave like an adult, as a major corporate leader?"

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