Users own and control their data, says Zuckerberg

Nellie Chapman
April 14, 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed the program during his testimony before Congress on April 10, saying, "In general, bounty programs are an important part of the security arsenal for hardening a lot of systems".

As many as 87 million Facebook users may of had their personal data shared with Cambridge Analytica, spurring a chorus of voices calling for more regulation of the tech sector.

Over the two days, the value of Zuckerberg's stake in Facebook grew about $US3 billion ($NZ4 billion).

When the Facebook CEO appeared before a US Senate joint committee hearing on Tuesday to answer questions on Facebook's scandals, there were no real upsets or scandalous remarks.

With the outrage surrounding Facebook's privacy policies reaching a fever pitch over the past few weeks, there has been something of an underground movement calling for users to delete their Facebook account altogether.

McGinn, who used to track the public's perception of CEO Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg while working for Facebook, left Facebook after just six months and launched his own polling company, Honest Data.

It's been another tough week for Facebook with its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, being quizzed in front of Congress. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy, he said.

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Lawmakers were at times aggressive Tuesday as they accused Zuckerberg of failing to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from Russians intent on upsetting the US election. While noting that his platform does not allow hate groups, he acknowledged it is "not doing a good enough job" at managing content to reflect different social norms and customs around the world.

Republican Senator Orin Hatch asked Zuckerberg at the hearing if Facebook will always be free.

She said that on Monday she personally attempted to deliver a letter about privacy protection to Facebook headquarters, hoping executive Sheryl Sandberg would "lean in" on the consumer privacy initiative.

"This information was generally information that people share publicly on their profile pages, like their name and profile picture and the list of pages that they follow".

Yesterday Facebook shares dipped, but are still up three percent overall since Zuckerberg began his testimony on Capitol Hill.

At times, including in questioning by Representative Greg Walden on Wednesday, Zuckerberg answered direct questions about Facebook's data harvesting by talking about Facebook's features for choosing who can see a photo or post on Facebook. And to me, that was a sign that Facebook is embarrassed about what it does for a living. John Kennedy (R, Louisiana) told Zuckerberg Tuesday, adding that he believed the platform's user agreement "sucks".

"They would advertise for housing but would say, 'Well, we don't want to advertise to, say, racial or religious minorities, for example".

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