A congressman asked Mark Zuckerberg if 'Facemash' was still up and running

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Earlier, during the first five-hour marathon session at US Congress late on Tuesday, the Facebook CEO conveyed his concerns about the upcoming elections globally.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced a grilling on Capitol Hill over the data privacy scandal.

Zuckerberg didn't say yes but explained that some data related to non-Facebook users is collected for security reasons and to prevent mass scrapping of user data on the platform.

She said that on Monday she personally attempted to deliver a letter about privacy protection to Facebook headquarters, hoping executive Sheryl Sandberg would "lean in" on the consumer privacy initiative.


But he maintained that advertising enables Facebook to offer a free service and that targeted ads based on user categories were more acceptable to users, even if they could opt out. According to Mark, the team's content reviewers go over flagged content to determine which pose credible terrorist threats or could give information about terrorists using the platform for communication. "And people have the ability to see everything that they have in Facebook, to take that out, delete their account and move their data anywhere that they want", he said.

"We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it's financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them". This is more detailed and has the information that advertisers can use to target you.

Long continued, however, and asked for further clarification regarding the objective of FaceMash, "You put up pictures of two women and decided which one was more attractive of the two, is that right?"

Zuckerberg in his testimony in front of the United States lawmakers agreed that Facebook tracks internet users through hundreds of millions of web pages.


Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook hasn't taken enough responsibility in protecting their users, given the way in which the Cambridge Analytica scandal unfolded.

John Shimkus, a Republican from IL, asked Zuckerberg whether users are tracked when they are logged out of Facebook. To which Zuckerberg responded, "Yes, there will always be a version of Facebook that is free".

Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) did point to a Wired article detailing the company's "14-year history of apologizing for data privacy", and asked Zuckerberg why we should trust Facebook to ensure privacy.

Dingell expressed frustration with Zuckerberg's frequent promises to get back to lawmakers later in writing. While none of these entrepreneurs' companies directly compete with Facebook, they all want that next big data idea because by 2025, the average internet user will connect with a device once every 18 seconds - upwards of eight times more per day than they do now. Academic Aleksandr Kogan used these tools to create a personality quiz app that siphoned data from Facebook users, which he then sold to Cambridge Analytica in violation of Facebook's rules. He did not name specific companies. "That allows them to sort of see where you're going, and that's why ads can follow you around".


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