"Senator, I Think We Already Do": Zuckerberg's Interrogation Turns into Tech Support

Zuckerberg said it would take "many months" to complete an audit of other apps that might also have improperly gathered or shared users' data.

In an awkward exchange with Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado, Zuckerberg said he did not know the details of two class-action lawsuits that Facebook had settled over privacy concerns related to data gathering techniques it has since changed.

Durbin's questions may have started more people thinking about what the United States can do.

Mark Zuckerberg is once again testifying before Congress, this time before the House of Representatives. As I have said, by the end this year, we are going to have more than 20,000 people working on security and content review across the company.

How much data does Facebook collect on users - and non-users?

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On Tuesday Facebook began notifying more than 87 million people around the world, including one million Britons, that their private information may have been given to Cambridge Analytica by an app developer from Cambridge University. This contradicted a statement that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave to lawmakers, in which he said that the social network had made an "enforcement error" and had "already gotten in touch with them to reverse it".

"A small number of people who logged into "This Is Your Digital Life" also shared their own News Feed, timeline, posts and messages which may have included posts and messages from you", Facebook said in a missable note.

With a slight hesitation, Mr Zuckerberg replied: "Yes".

The social media company, he said, is not aware of any specific groups like that, that have engaged in the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville a year ago. Ironically, shares hit an all-time high just before the Cambridge Analytica scandal hit, but they've been down 16 percent ever since.

Dingell expressed frustration with Zuckerberg's frequent promises to get back to lawmakers later in writing.

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Almost 50 USA senators and congressmen grilled Mark Zuckerberg this week about Facebook's political bias. Harvesting the data and using it to target ads more effectively than its competitors can is how Facebook makes the bulk of its money.

The app vacuumed up not just the data of the people who took it, but also - thanks to Facebook's loose restrictions - data from their friends, too, including details that they hadn't meant to share publicly.

Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook hasn't taken enough responsibility in protecting their users, given the way in which the Cambridge Analytica scandal unfolded. Various news outlets, from CNN to The New York Times to BuzzFeed, have published reports highlighting just how much data Facebook has on its users.

"It's pretty obvious to me that someone is listening to the audio on our phones", Buschon said.

"If you think it is hard to pass a bill that affects a lobbyist's favorite client", said Alvaro Bedoya, a former congressional aide who worked on privacy issues for former Senator Al Franken, "try passing a bill that affects all of them".

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