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GOP rep grills Zuckerberg on opioid sales on Facebook

GOP rep grills Zuckerberg on opioid sales on Facebook

The tech billionaire was summoned to the Capitol Hill for the second round of questioning on Facebook's failure to protect user data and prevention of data misuse by Cambridge Analytica that caused political interference in the 2016 United States presidential election. On Tuesday, senators peppered Zuckerberg with questions about Facebook's lengthy privacy policy and its data but often didn't seem to know how to follow up on Zuckerberg's talk of algorithms and AI systems.

The Bospar poll asked Americans how long is too long for a company to wait before responding to a crisis, and found that more than one in three - 35 percent - answered 24 hours. In the wake of its review of the firm's activities, Facebook also has acknowledged that malicious actors scraped information from the public profiles of practically its entire base, more than 2 billion users. But since - as Zuckerberg has also repeatedly said - the investigations into other companies are not yet complete, it is hard to think who else it might be.

Similar to the Russian tool, Facebook has created another one for users to check and see what, if any, data was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

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

While Facebook was aware of the data leak in 2015, it did not report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), leading to a googly in Zuckerberg's way.

When Zuckerberg said for the umpteenth time that Facebook does not sell data, John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Tuesday, "you clearly rent it".

In his defence, he said, "When we heard back from Cambridge Analytica that they had told us that they weren't using the data and deleted it, we considered it a closed case".

Facebook is working on a number of things, including deploying new Artificial Intelligence tools that can proactively catch fake accounts that Russian Federation or others might create to spread misinformation.

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Amid concerns that Facebook's database could be used to provide information to Russia or other hostile actors, Zuckerberg said not only does the company not store data in the country, but it has never given information to Russian officials, either. Unlikely. Congressman Frank Pallone asked Mark Zuckerberg a yes-or-no question: "Will you change all user default settings to minimize to the greatest extent possible all the user data?"

"It is our mission to try to help connect everyone around the world and to bring the world closer", Zuckerberg said. He had no response when asked how a non-Facebook member could remove information without signing up for the service. "As CEO, you didn't know some key facts". "Zuckerberg said "no, [he] would probably not choose to do that publicly here".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered questions for over five hours yesterday at the US Senate. He said he was among the almost 87 million people whose personal information was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

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. Shares in Facebook posted their biggest daily gain in almost two years, closing up 4.5%.

"We may also collect information to make it so that those ads are more relevant and work better on those websites", he said, adding that users can opt out of ad targeting.

Zuckerberg later said such regulation is inevitable.

"After we were slow to identify the Russian information operations in 2016, this has become a top priority for our company to prevent that from ever happening again, especially this year, in 2018, which is such an important election year with the USA mid-terms, but also major elections in India, Brazil, Mexico, Hungary, Pakistan and a number of other places", he said.