Is Facebook regulation 'inevitable'? Not so fast

Is Facebook regulation 'inevitable'? Not so fast

It gave us a glimpse into what Facebook has done in the past, where it now stands, and where it is heading next.

That didn't really answer the question.

But Zuckerberg continually dodged the question about advertisers by talking about what users are sharing.

"So my position is not that there should be no regulation but I also think that you have to be careful about regulation you put in place".

One of the steps Facebook is taking to stop USA elections from being manipulated by foreign actors is to put in place geographic checks-including literally mailing a postcard to an ad buyer's address-to ensure that the money funding political ads comes from within the country.

"No one is going to be able to sufficiently regulate' Facebook until lawmakers are adequately educated about how it works". Zuckerberg wants to talk about another. We think offering people an ad-supported service is the most aligned with our mission of trying to connect everyone in the world, because we want to offer a free service that everyone can afford. He appeared before Senate and House committees on Tuesday and Wednesday. Liberal senators kept asking questions about data privacy, while some of the conservative senators seemed to be more interested to learn about why Facebook is harder on conservative Facebook groups than liberal ones.

When Zuckerberg said for the umpteenth time that Facebook does not sell data, John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Tuesday, "you clearly rent it". They will also inform people who have been affected by the scams. He made allusions to "something bad" happening at the institution, and implied that Facebook may sue.

Zuckerberg, speaking Tuesday to senators concerned in part about Facebook's susceptibility to foreign powers who would use the service to meddle in American elections, said Facebook at first had been reactive to offensive and risky content, removing it only after it had spread.

Similarly, Senator Dan Sullivan asked Zuckerberg the question - "Do you think you're too powerful?".


"Every time that someone chooses to share something on Facebook... there is a control".

Colorado Democrat Diana DeGette made the point that Facebook hasn't suffered financially for multiple scandals over the privacy of users' data, meaning there is no financial incentive for it to change its behaviour. But that doesn't mean it doesn't profit from it.

Charm Offensive Zuckerberg met with a number of lawmakers ahead of the hearings, which began in the Senate on Tuesday, in what amounted to a charm offensive for the 33-year-old entrepreneur who started the world's largest social network in a Harvard dorm room.

For Zuckerberg, who often found himself explaining what his company does in rudimentary terms to lawmakers twice his age, the hearings could be considered a win: Facebook shares rose more than 1 percent after climbing 4.5 percent on Monday.

Facebook collects a lot of data about you - everything from your email address to the strength of your phone's battery.

"When you go to Facebook's "I don't have a Facebook account page and would like to request all my personal data stored by Facebook", it takes you to a form that says go to your Facebook page and then on your account settings you can download your data". Cambridge was also implicated in the banning of a second data broker, Cubeyou, from Facebook on Monday.

This kind of policy isn't unique to Facebook - many other companies, such as Netflix and Spotify, routinely mine data to market people's information.

In the wake of the massive leak of user information to Cambridge Analytica, which worked for Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, Zuckerberg reiterated that the company had shut down the pipeline that allowed data - including his own - to slip without consent into the hands of third parties.

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