Zuckerberg faces 'Grandpa' questions from lawmakers

Zuckerberg faces 'Grandpa' questions from lawmakers

"I do not know off the top of my head", said Zuckerberg. You want to know what Nordstrom sees so that specific jumpsuit just keeps popping up on your newsfeed?

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat from IL, recounted a long list of Zuckerberg's apologies over the years before concluding: "This is proof to me that self-regulation does not work".

"Was your data included in the data sold to the malicious third parties?"

Diana DeGette, a Democrat from Colorado, gave Mr Zuckerberg a rough ride over what she said was as an imbalance between Facebook's financial might and the lack of monetary penalties for privacy breaches.

Facebook has been consumed by turmoil for almost a month, since it came to light that millions of users' personal information was wrongly harvested from the website by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign among its clients. Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that his own private data was also taken by the company.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to the US Congress on Wednesday for his second day of grilling by lawmakers following a string of scandals for the company.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) went after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for the social media giant's alleged censorship of Lynnette "Diamond" Hardaway and Rochelle "Silk" Richardson when Zuckerberg testified before Congress on Wednesday.

"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. But he said his company "can do a better job of explaining how advertising works".

But his calm demeanor at times appeared to frustrate the panel of 42 senators, who also lobbed questions on everything from diversity to bias against conservative news and views at the 33-year-old billionaire - without extracting many new concessions from him.

"We are conducting a full investigation of any apps that had access to a large amount of data". "But at the same time it doesn't seem like future activities are prevented".

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Facebook has said that 87 million people's personal data was scooped up when some 270,000 users took a personality quiz and had not just their data, but the data of their friends to be accessed by an outside app. Cambridge Analytica then obtained this data and is said to have used it to try to influence elections around the world.

Seemingly unimpressed, Republican Sen.

His admission that even the company's tech-savvy founder was unable to protect his own information underscored the problem Facebook has in persuading skeptical lawmakers that users can easily safeguard their own information and that further legislation governing Facebook is unnecessary.

Much of the effort was aimed at denigrating Democrat Hillary Clinton and thereby helping Republican Trump, or simply encouraging divisiveness and undercutting faith in the US system.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg navigated through the first of two United States congressional hearings without making any further promises to support new legislation or change how the social network does business.

Some representatives think Facebook has violated its consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission. He assured senators the company would have handled the situation differently today.

Lawmakers said repeatedly they think Facebook should probably be regulated.

Similarly, Senator Dan Sullivan asked Zuckerberg the question - "Do you think you're too powerful?".

But in following the advice, "don't invest in companies you wouldn't want to run", I'm selling my Facebook stock.

Facebook is facing a major trust backlash in light of the ongoing Cambridge Analytica scandal, yet paradoxically, an overwhelming number of Americans said they still like the platform.

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