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Mark Zuckerberg's Senate testimony Day 2: US Congressional hearings awaits Facebook CEO
Zuckerberg: regulation of social media firms is 'inevitable'
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12 Abril, 2018

Ortutay and Hamilton reported from New York.

"I don't want to vote to have to regulate Facebook, but by God, I will", Republican Senator John Kennedy told Zuckerbergon Tuesday. But it's a loss for the rest of us.

But the CEO pushed back on congress members' suggestions that users do not have enough control of their data on Facebook in the wake of the privacy scandal at the world's largest social media network.

Mark Zuckerberg appeared in front of US senators on Tuesday and at times looked like he'd rather be anywhere else.

Zuckerberg's denial that he knew whether or not Palantir had scraped data from Facebook rang hollow.

"This is proof to me that self-regulation simply does not work", the Democrat from Illinois said.

"Senator, we run ads", was the Facebook boss' response.

Butterfield asked Zuckerberg to convene a meeting of CEOs to "develop a strategy to increase racial diversity in the technology industry" and to provide transparency into retention numbers.

Facebook has been consumed by turmoil for nearly a month, since it came to light that millions of users' personal information was wrongly harvested from the website by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted US President Donald Trump's election campaign among its clients.

He outlined steps the company has taken to restrict outsiders' access to people's personal information.

When Mark said "no", he replied: "I think that may be what this is all about".

The hearing opened with members of the House of Representatives asking Mr. Zuckerberg questions during allotted four-minute segments.

"The internet is growing", Zuckerberg said.

The hearings were a major test for Zuckerberg.

The institution is where the researcher Aleksandr Kogan, who had collected and sold personal data to Cambridge Analytica, was based. Inexplicably, Zuckerberg tried to say he wasn't completely sure about Facebook's data collection policies, and one of his underlings could follow up later.

The Facebook chief executive also said that the social media network does not store data against the users' consent.

When pressed further to name one competing product, he stuck to his argument but still failed to name a direct competitor. "As you have heard we need some rules and regulations".

In the aftermath of the exposé in March 2018, Facebook's first reaction was to deny each emerging detail. Facebook is confronting its biggest privacy scandal in 14 years.

It's unclear how many of the 87 million affected users have received their notices.

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill on April 11.

Facebook creates in-depth profiles of users by following them across different websites. In November, ProPublica revealed that Facebook's automated platform was still taking discriminatory housing ads - a year after the company vowed to crack down.

This question was also raised by Twitter user Alp Ozcelik in a series of tweets.

"Will you commit to working with us to pass privacy legislation, to pass the Browser Act?"

Questions that need to be asked in order to fix the scandal that Facebook and the authorities find themselves in.


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