Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Facebook scandal explained | Why Zuckerburg is testifying to Congress

Facebook scandal explained | Why Zuckerburg is testifying to Congress

But they also gave the app access to data from their friends, who did not directly consent to the terms of the app.

One of the most talked about things after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's grilling by almost 100 USA lawmakers over two days had little to do with the congressional hearing and everything to do with how he was sitting.

If "Facemash" sounds familiar, it should.

Such is the interest in the "listening in" conspiracy theory that Facebook published their own special page in their help section to allay users fears and deny that they would be able to use such a feature.

"I'll have my team get back to you on that".

Some politicians grew frustrated at their limit of four minutes each to press Mr Zuckerberg on specifics, and chastised the billionaire at times for offering up rehearsed platitudes about valuing user privacy. The premise of the site was to let users on campus compare images of two women, side by side, and then vote on which one was most attractive. A new public opinion survey after Tuesday's Senate hearing indicated 66 percent of the 1,000 people questioned like Facebook, but 55 percent don't trust the social network. "If Facebook is truly committed to protecting people's privacy, the company should set an example, by adhering to [the] highest data protection standards for all users".

But Jim Steyer, president of San Francisco-based Common Sense Media, which is part of the alliance of children's advocacy groups that in January asked Facebook to pull the plug on Messenger Kids, has his doubts. You've been asked several critical questions for which you don't have answers: browsing activity, tracking devices, who's your biggest competition; storing up to 96 categories of data; did you know Kogan's TOS allowed sale of data. "In retrospect it was clearly a mistake to believe them", he said. For most of our existence, we focused on all of the good that connecting people can do.

Facebook scandal explained | Why Zuckerburg is testifying to Congress
Facebook scandal explained | Why Zuckerburg is testifying to Congress

But he said he tries to make sure Facebook does not have any bias in the work that it does. "Actually, it has nothing to do with Facebook".

Zuckerberg created FaceMash in October 2003 when he was a student at Harvard.

He parried questions of how much control people have over their data on the world's largest social media network without a major gaffe, while avoiding being cornered into supporting new government regulation.

Zuckerberg replied, "Congressman, that is an accurate description of the prank website that I made when I was a sophomore in college".

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told NBC News on Thursday that Facebook users could have to pay to completely opt out of their data being used to target them with advertising. Buschon explained that he and his mother had a conversation about her deceased brother and later on Facebook, his mother saw a memorial photo collage of her brother come up. " However, Facebook's history of doing just that suggests otherwise".

Even with all those almost incomprehensible amounts of money being thrown around, Facebook is still considered the "worst performer among big tech stocks", as its stock is down about 7 percent this year.

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