Still, Zuckerberg conceded in a press briefing prior to his recent testimonies in Washington, D.C that despite not noticing a significant drop in Facebook users, the recent scandals are "not good". Mark Zuckerberg did not invent the term BFF. What is the key thing we should take away from the outcome?
Side note: If you happened to believe this latest scam, please go read "Does Facebook's Green "BFF" Prove Your Account Is Secure?". In general, he probably doesn't hear about it too much because even if he's not the tallest guy out there, he's still worth an estimated $67 billion.
"It caused me to look more deeply into what Facebook was doing and extract myself from it", Dillon said. "Even if someone isn't logged in, we track certain information, like how many pages they're accessing, as a security measure". It included names and email addresses of friends and relatives and at least one "web bug" created to identify him to Facebook's web servers when he opened the email. We may use your response in a follow up story. It's clear that Russian Federation used Facebook to influence voter opinion in the election, but this is the first the public has heard of the Special Counsel talking directly to employees about it. We realize that if you wanted to see every moment of that - and there were tonnes - you would have watched the session yourself.
Regulation is certainly one way to catch up on protecting people's data privacy, according to Emily Laidlaw, an associate professor of law at the University of Calgary.
Whilst being grilled by Senator Orrin Hatch, Zuckerberg was asked whether Facebook would always be free. "What's interesting is they made it extremely hard to take yourself out". He said that if companies can't figure out how to protect that information, "none of us are going to have any privacy anymore". "But for me, Facebook is such a major platform that I would never think about deleting my account".More news: Russian Federation says Britain helped fake Syria chemical attack
Senator Brian Schatz is only 45, but he had possibly the worst moment of all on Tuesday.
Facebook tracks "certain information for ads and security. Right there. Not buried in the settings somewhere but right there", Zuckerberg said. Schatz asked again, this time throwing in a pop culture reference for the kids watching at home. However, he also said that AI wouldn't be able to properly deal with hate speech for another five to ten years which seems. ridiculous? With just about everyone's online business models dependent on extensive data gathering and targeted advertising, perhaps Zuckerberg might console himself with the thought that he likely won't be the last tech executive hauled up and asked questions about this topic. Zuck wasn't into that either.
Sen. Lindsey Graham started his line of questioning asking Zuckerberg to list Facebook's top rivals; Zuck tried to break out the company's competitors into categories (category No. 1: other tech platforms, aka Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft), but Graham dismissed that attempt with a vehicle analogy. Pressed repeatedly by Democratic Senator Ed Markey to endorse a proposed law that would require companies to get people's permission before sharing personal information, Zuckerberg agreed to further talks.
"That goes for fake news, for interference in elections and we didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility and that was a big mistake and it was my mistake and I'm sorry", the Facebook CEO said.