When ICE asks Facebook for surveillance help, Zuck pledges to say 'no'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill
Zuckerberg Testifies in Front of Congress
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12 Abril, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, will appear before congressional committees in Washington this week to face U.S. lawmakers over privacy scandals and how the social media network harvests user data.

Facebook is displaying advertisements for well-known American corporations along with content from group pages operated by overseas wildlife traffickers illegally selling the body parts of threatened animals, including elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger teeth. He knows and doesn't care, until he's forced to look like he cares.

Durbin started off his five minutes of questioning with a zinger, asking Zuckerberg: "Would you be comfortable telling us the hotel you stayed in last night?" "How is today's apology different?" "They're getting better at this, and we have to make sure we're getting better too". There was a person in a troll wig and a "Russia" scarf, presumably because on Facebook there are Russian trolls. If they don't do it voluntarily, then Facebook tricks them-and the standard Facebook trick is both simple and surprisingly effective: set privacy defaults as loosely as possible and wait to see if anyone notices. For their part, the senators were generally gentler with Zuckerberg than expected during the hearing, which risked being a dramatic grilling broadcast live to millions of people at home.

An example of what you might see if your data was not shared, after following the above steps.

In a secret complaint filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, wildlife preservation advocates allege that Facebook's failure to stop traders using its service for illegal activity violates the social network's responsibilities as a publicly traded company.

John Cornyn (R-Texas) asked about the company's former mantra, "Move fast and break things", which Zuckerberg wisely informed him was no longer in use.

Mr Trump hailed Mr Xi's "kind words", although the White House made clear that concrete follow-up steps would be needed. It wasn't as if senators could forget about that.

He later told Sen. He called for a "full conversation about what is the right regulation not whether it should be or shouldn't be". Werner had a serious message, but her outfit provided some levity to the strained situation of the Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook hearing. Not only that, but apps and platforms use cross-device tracking, where they build a consumer's profile based on their activity. It's worth noting that Facebook also recently announced it would limit how companies could use third-party data like purchase history to target ads - although advertisers could still work with third-party data brokers to get that information outside Facebook. It was my mistake and I'm sorry for what happened. Zuckerberg repeatedly told senators that unsatisfied Facebook members can adjust their privacy settings - or delete their accounts. Essentially, to execute Trump's executive order, ICE thinks it can use Facebook to go all Minority Report (IE, identify potential criminals. before they actually commit any crimes). The company has said that as many as 146 million people may have received information from a Russian agency that's accused of orchestrating much of the cyber meddling in the election.


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