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Zuckerberg endures tough questioning over data

Zuckerberg endures tough questioning over data”

"Your personal data?" asked Eshoo.

The internet magnate is scheduled to testify at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, a day after he appeared for almost five hours before a U.S. Senate hearing.

Zuckerberg mostly held his composure, repeating numerous same well-rehearsed answers: He is sorry for the company's mistakes.

In the agreement, which Facebook signed to end an investigation into privacy breaches, the company promised not to misrepresent the extent to which it maintains the privacy or security of personal information, and it said it would obtain users' affirmative consent before sharing personal information with any third party.

us lawmakers have demanded that Facebook take more steps to protect the privacy of its users.

Building on their existing bug bounty programs, the new system will effectively pay people who report and provide evidence that a Facebook platform app is improperly using people's data by stealing it or using it for scams and political influence.

Zuckerberg has taken questions on a range of issues, from fake news and terrorist content to Russian propaganda and data privacy, as US lawmakers consider possible regulatory remedies.

By the close of Wednesday's hearing, Zuckerberg had spent roughly 10 out of the previous 24 hours testifying before Congress.

Zuckerberg repeatedly defended the company's practices, saying that users have control over their own data and decide what to share.

"How can consumers have control over their data when Facebook does not have control over the data?" asked Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce committee, at the beginning of the hearing. "I think it is time to ask whether Facebook may have moved too fast and broken too many things". The goal of a user agreement is to cover Facebook's rear end, not inform users of their rights.

But he stiffly defended Facebook's business model - specifically the way it uses data and postings from the 2.2 billion users of its free platform - calling it necessary to attract ad revenue the US$480 billion company depends on.

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Wearing a dark suit and tie and prefacing nearly every remark with "Congressman" or "Congresswoman", Zuckerberg appeared even more controlled than he did on Tuesday, as he refrained from cracking jokes and flashed few smiles.

One of the major concerns at the Senate hearing was not just about the U.S. elections and the pending midterms, but also elections in India and Brazil and in other countries across the world.

"While Facebook has certainly grown, I worry it has not matured".

The Cambridge Analytica scandal in which personal data of over 87 million Facebook users, including 500,000 Indians, was compromised, has not hit the social media platform in a significant way in terms of people deactivating their accounts.

It was a defining moment of a face-off between Washington and Silicon Valley as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the United States Congress in the light of the data privacy scandal. You want to know what Nordstrom sees so that specific jumpsuit just keeps popping up on your newsfeed?

"What we allow is for advertisers to tell us who they want to reach".

Facebook shares closed up 1.2 percent on Wednesday after dips earlier in the day.

"The internet is growing in importance around the world in people's lives, and I think that it is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation", he told lawmakers.

Illinois Democrat Jan Schakowsky read out from a list of Zuckerberg's many apologies, dating back to the 33-year-old's days as a Harvard student.

Zuckerberg said Facebook has the ability to detect when a foreign entity is attempting to buy a political advertisement.

The questioning often veered into topics unrelated to data privacy and Russian election interference, which have dominated headlines about Facebook for months.



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