Amidst a data debacle, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify in front of a congressional committee after admitting that a company linked to President Trump's campaign, Cambridge Analytica, accessed data from millions of Facebook users. Rep. Anna Eshoo, the Silicon Valley congresswoman, didn't mince words in an interview with this news organization last week, in which she said she hopes to tie in the privacy questions over Cambridge Analytica - the political data consulting firm that obtained personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users without their permission - with the lingering issues about how Facebook's platform was used by Russian trolls to try to influence the US presidential election. CubeYou denies any deception, CNBC said, adding that Facebook did not know about this particular issue until it was informed by CNBC.
Others are weighing in with what they hope the Congressional committees will ask the Facebook CEO this week.
On top of this, many Facebook users have become upset over the revelation that Cambridge Analytica was collecting data from almost 87 million Facebook users and selling the information to advertisers. "And our goals are to understand Facebook's impact on upcoming elections - like Brazil, India, Mexico and the U.S. midterms - and to inform our future product and policy decisions". Was that exclusively a failure of your leadership, or did Facebook's business model or other factors create an obstacle to change? The story has been corrected to say that Zuckerberg made the rounds with his assistant Andrea Besmehn. He can't be fired, unless he fires himself.
Facebook has about 15,000 people working on security and content review, rising to more than 20,000 by the end of 2018, Zuckerberg's testimony said.
Zuckerberg is treading familiar territory when he apologizes for the website's privacy practices, in particular.
Facebook suspended B.C. -based technology firm AggregateIQ, which has been linked to the Facebook privacy controversy by Canadian whistle-blower Christopher Wylie. Eastern Time, however, there were no signs that any users have yet received that notification or a more general one Facebook said it would direct to everyone on its service.
The hearings were scheduled to address Facebook's use and protection of user data in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Who owns what is a hard question to answer, and Facebook clearly hasn't been good at explaining it. Here's what you need to know.
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Trump was mocked in 2011 by the then president Barack Obama and the comedian who turned up for the day - Seth Meyers. Considering Trump's current relationship with the free press, that likely won't come as much of a surprise.
Will Zuckerberg offer new estimates about abuses of personal information?
"You can request a zip file of everything that Facebook has on you and they will email you a zip file that has your pictures, your Facebook messenger, your posts everything from Instagram and What's App", Crabill said.
But for those that don't want to part ways with the platform, News4's Lindsay Bramson talked with a security expert to find out other things you can do now to protect your information and privacy online. For years, Facebook has kept that page separate from the regular privacy settings, but it's now bowing to public pressure and making the field more prominent.
The latest update was on March 28. The messages will begin appearing Monday on users' news feeds.
"Facebook is showing that they are trying to make a lot of changes fast and trying to regain everyone's trust", said Carey.
POSSIBLE FOLLOW-UP: Does this legacy suggest the government needs to step in with clear and universal privacy rules?
It's not Zuckerberg's fault that he has suddenly been deemed on the wrong side of history, but the Cambridge Analytica blowup is bringing a useful spotlight on the most sanctimoniously self-regarding large company in America.