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Watching Congress Try to Friend Mark Zuckerberg

Watching Congress Try to Friend Mark Zuckerberg

But he stiffly defended Facebook's business model - specifically the way it uses data and postings from the 2.2 billion users of its free platform - calling it necessary to attract ad revenue the $480 billion company depends on.

Facebook is implementing the GDPR standards for European users next month, and some of its rules will be extended to U.S. and other users later, he confirmed.

Although much of the current global discussion about internet privacy is focused on Facebook's recently publicized policies and failures, the Gallup poll also found a greater number of Google users are concerned about their protecting their privacy when using the platform-35 percent are "very concerned", a 10-point jump from 2011. He also answered questions from lawmakers in an attempt to clear the air around the investigation.

SELYUKH: It was a lot less fanfare but a lot more knowledgeable, concise focused questions, a more hostile environment, I would say, for Zuckerberg.

"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".

Ex-Cambridge Analytica employee, Chris Wylie, had told United Kingdom lawmakers last month that Cambridge Analytica illegally gained access to data for 50 million Facebook users.

It has been reported by Open Democracy that Cambridge Analytica's parent company, Strategic Communication Laboratories, owned by the Billionaire Robert Mercer, is also involved with military propaganda, and has previously undertaken operations in Russian Federation on behalf of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. "And then, about a month ago, we heard a new report that suggested that this was not true", he said.

"There is absolutely no directive to put a bias into anything we do", Zuckerberg said in response to a question by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, about whether Facebook's algorithms have bias built in. Responding to a question, he told lawmakers that he meant to initiate legal action against the firm accused of stealing personal data and using it for political purposes in the 2016 US Presidential elections.

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"But, in order to prevent people from scraping public information... But there's more to do, and you can find more of the details of the other steps we're taking in the written statement I provided", he said.

By the close of Wednesday's hearing, Zuckerberg had spent roughly 10 out of the previous 24 hours testifying before Congress.

Well, we're finding out now that people actually do mind. "We're working on doing that as quickly as possible".

Sanda said those that had not yet been notified on Facebook could expect something on their newsfeeds in the next few days as to whether or not their data had been "misused". "Even if someone isn't logged in we track how many pages they're accessing as a security measure", Zuckerberg said. "There are certainly other things that we do, too".

Facebook does limit some content that could be related to "terrorism" but, "We don't think of it as censorship".

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

Edwards said earlier this week 63,724 people in New Zealand may have been caught up in the data breach.

Zuckerberg mostly held his composure, repeating numerous same well-rehearsed answers: He is sorry for the company's mistakes.