Zuckerberg doesn't rule out that Facebook's app audit could take 'years'

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Zuckerberg doesn't rule out that Facebook's app audit could take 'years'
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14 April, 2018

Mr Zuckerberg also came under fire on issues beyond data privacy, with lawmakers chastising Facebook for allegedly censoring conservative political content and allowing opioid drugs to be traded on its platform. Zuckerberg is set to testify in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today.

We heard from Zuckerberg and the other social media bosses time and again that the USA government wanted full access to user data and communications.

A paid version of Facebook is something the company has considered but still isn't a top priority. Behind closed doors, Facebook explicitly refers to itself as a global company, not an American one, and the company knows its future growth is reliant on new worldwide users.

Cambridge Analytica is accused of acquiring the data of 87 million Facebook users through an academic researcher at the University of Cambridge, Alexander Kogan. He said he was not opposed to Congress introducing new laws to govern the company, but fended off attempts to pin him down on details.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said in a recent interview that Facebook has thought about turning to paid models so that users could opt out of sharing their information with advertisers.

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 unsafe content, removing it only after it had spread.

But after two days of congressional testimony, what seemed clear was how little Congress seems to know about Facebook, much less what to do about it.

Zuckerberg deflected requests to support specific legislation. Zuckerberg chalked it up to a mistake.

"It was my mistake, and I'm sorry".

But in following the advice, "don't invest in companies you wouldn't want to run", I'm selling my Facebook stock.

Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, from Facebook's home state of California, asked a line of questions about whether Mr Zuckerberg or his senior executives considered notifying Facebook users of the data breach.

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Zuckerberg started his testimony by reading from part of a prepared statement: "Facebook is an idealistic and optimistic company", he said.

Facebook was surrounded in controversy long before the Cambridge Analytica stuff surface. The app vacuumed up not just the data of the people who took it, but also - thanks to Facebook's loose restrictions - data from their friends, too, including details that they hadn't meant to share publicly.

Lawmakers in both parties have floated possible regulation of Facebook and other social media companies amid privacy scandals and Russian intervention on the platform. They argue the companies have become too big and powerful to police themselves.

The simplest explanation for this is that Facebook uses that data to make money.

In a survey of over 4,000 Yahoo Finance readers, 13% of respondents said they would be willing to pay $5 per month for a Facebook account that gave them more control of their personal data.

During roughly five hours of questioning by members of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees on Tuesday, Zuckerberg apologized several times for Facebook failures.

"This is a wake-up call to Silicon Valley and the tech community that if you let these things get out of hand, having grown up in a very lightly regulated environment, you could end up with a lot more regulation than you seek", he said after the hearing.

"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".

Some of the lawmakers talked to Zuckerberg, 33, as they would their children or grandchildren, and were occasionally befuddled by the complexities of his company.

Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on reports from the Associated Press, Reuters and VOA News.


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