A congressman asked Mark Zuckerberg if 'Facemash' was still up and running

Andrew Harr  Bloomberg Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

Andrew Harr Bloomberg Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

At the very least, we should expect some answers as to why Facebook has been able to get away with harvesting data from users that haven't consented, unless Zuckerberg continues to ideal the deflection techniques he's seemingly getting good at.

- North Carolina sisters Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson were discussed in the congressional hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday.

Zuckerberg responded that there were a number of areas in which Facebook needs to improve regulation of its service.

Zuckerberg said he accepted that legal restrictions of some sort were in the cards - while adding a word of caution.

"There are certainly other things that we do, too". Harvesting the data and using it to target ads more effectively than its competitors can is how Facebook makes the bulk of its money. No, this is a different profile from what your friends see on your Facebook page. And there is ample evidence of Facebook's political bias to worry any reasonable user. "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. It also looks like the note places the burden on the user, where the individual has to go through their privacy settings and opt out of sharing data. And it does so without their permission.

If Zuckerberg doesn't want to talk about this issue in front of lawmakers, it may be because he fears regulation that would curb Facebook's ability to track data on third-party sites.

Earlier this year, a Belgium court ruled that Facebook's tracking of non-users with the help of social plugins and cookies breaks privacy laws. Whenever a product like Facebook exists that seems to be free, it usually means the user is the product that is being sold to advertisers.

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We've been saying this for a long time ; more recently, executives from ESPN and its owners at Disney have been saying it as well. But the app has a whole new look ("Let's get out of the way of the content and let the content really show", Pitaro said).

Facebook does limit some content that could be related to "terrorism" but, "We don't think of it as censorship". But the United States lawmakers were still angry.

While Zuckerberg said he couldn't comment on why the duo's content had been flagged, the pair have become a favorite among Trump and his supporters because they regularly take aim at the president's critics (by attacking things like the Black Lives Matter movement, the Obamas, and immigration reform), while endorsing his policies - even those that cause harm to communities of color.

Rep. David McKinley excoriated Zuckerberg and Facebook for "hurting people" by enabling the illegal sale of opioids on its platform.

On one point, Zuckerberg undercut his consistent message that Facebook users have control of their data. He is working on artificial intelligence technology to weed out hate speech and at the same time ensure that they don't block people for the wrong reasons. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked him if Facebook had any competitors.

Largely, no. Given how pervasive is Facebook, and in how many web pages the like button has been embedded, there is no escaping Facebook unless there is regulation and Facebook is stopped from doing what it is doing.

It's time to take measures into your own hands to make sure you see the news you want to see, when you want to see it.

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