Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg officially ran the congressional gauntlet on Tuesday during a joint committee hearing in which almost half the Senate grilled the social media executive about his platform's ability to protect Americans' personal data and ferret out foreign meddling in US elections.
"In the next month, we will show everyone a tool at the top of your News Feed with the apps you've used and an easy way to revoke those apps' permissions to your data".
Zuckerberg is under intense scrutiny following revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Trump's campaign, improperly obtained and shared personal data from up to 87 million Facebook users.
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie previously estimated that more than 50 million people were compromised by a personality quiz that collected data from users and their friends. Has anyone in that division been fired, Blumenthal asked.
On Tuesday, Zuckerberg said he believed Facebook employees have been interviewed by Mueller's office. There have also been discussions about government regulation of the social media empire.
That is: proposed legislation that could limit Facebook and its ilk more than any before it.
"Would you be comfortable telling us who you've messaged with in the past few days?"
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Zuckerberg answered "yes" when asked if Facebook had been served any subpoenas from Mueller.
Zuckerberg said he had not. But he noted that the company is based in left-leaning Silicon Valley, and said "it is a fair concern".
It remains to be seen whether the scandal will have long-lasting effects for Facebook or Zuckerberg.
"We would not proactively do that", Zuckerberg said. He reiterated that the company is in the process of investigating "many apps" that had access to user data.
In congressional testimony, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg predicted that the popular social media application would have the tools to stop hate speech before it spreads within the next decade.
The Senate hearing ended just past 7 p.m., and a second session before a House of Representatives committee is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. John Thune of South Dakota said Zuckerberg's company had a 14-year history of apologizing for "ill-advised decisions" related to user privacy.
In his opening statement, Zuckerberg acknowledged that the company faces "a number of important issues around privacy, safety, and democracy".
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He went on to elaborate that Facebook does have access to audio when people record videos on their devices for Facebook, but otherwise it doesn't access your microphone.
Questioned over adverts that use that data to target users, Democrat Bill Nelson asked: "I am going to have to pay you, in order not to send me - using my personal information - something I don't want?" Martínez was Facebook's first ads targeting product manager. Over three-quarters (77%) of Facebook's United States monthly active users access the app on a daily basis, and this daily habit of hundreds of millions of Americans will be a hard one to break.
"We were slow to identify the [Russian] disinformation operations", he said.
The hearing was a special joint session of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee, and all 44 senators on both committees were slated to ask Zuckerberg questions.
"I'm not that familiar with the specific legal language of the law that you speak to, so I would need to follow up with you on that".
"This is an arms race. I'm aware that there may be, but we are working with them".
He plans to have more than 20,000 people by the end of the year working on "security and content review". Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, asking whether Zuckerberg would reveal the Washington hotel he was staying in, and Sen. Nelson said afterward that Zuckerberg was "forthright and honest to the degree he could" be in the private, one-on-one meeting.
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Zuckerberg also appeared open to some measure of regulation, "if it's the right regulation", and pledged to work with lawmakers on what that could entail.
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