Belatedly speaking out about the harvesting of Facebook user data by the British firm linked to President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, Zuckerberg admitted to betraying the trust of its more than two billion users, and promised to "step up".
He said Facebook could have done more to stop millions of users having their data exploited by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica in 2014. One such errant app was central to the Cambridge Analytica debacle.
"The hearing will examine the harvesting and sale of personal information from more than 50 million Facebook users, potentially without their notice or consent and in violation of Facebook policy". He said the company will review what data these third-party apps can access, including "names, profile photos and email addresses", according to The Post. At its current rate of growth, Facebook will reach 3 billion users by 2020. He says the data firm approached him for the project and assured him that everything he did was legal.
So many things have gone wrong with Facebook's mode of operation in recent years, the least of which is not its role in spreading fake news and changing democracies all over the world.
As Nick Bilton put it, "from a business standpoint, Facebook's barbarism seemed to work out well for the company". That's because analysts don't expect the company to have to change the way it does business. The scandal has managed to tap into thousands of tin-hat theories while being grounded in very real concerns about how your personal information can be manipulated and used against you, and the public, by massive corporations. But few users bother to read it.
However, the loophole here is that even if you did not allow permission to Messenger, it is likely that you may have given it inadvertently for years through Facebook's mobile apps, and that is because of the way Android has handled permissions for accessing call logs in the past. Though both BJP and Congress have denied links to Cambridge Analytica, records show otherwise.
Lawmakers say they want to hear from Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg after an alleged major data mining operation affecting users was revealed.
"We're also investigation every single app that had access to large amounts of data before we fixed this".
I started with the ads tab and learned which advertisers possessed my contact information. That would let people decide whether or not to keep them.
Zuckerberg told CNN in an interview Wednesday that he'd be "happy" to testify.
Far from being the mild mannered computer geek he appears at first glance, there are notorious stories of Zuckerberg giving rousing Braveheart-esque speeches to Facebook employees.