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CEO Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook's privacy failures

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a House oversight panel Wednesday that he believes it is "inevitable" there will be regulation of the social media industry and also disclosed to lawmakers that his own data was included in the personal information sold to malicious third parties.

"The internet is growing in importance around the world in people's lives and I think that it is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation," Zuckerberg said during testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "So my position is not that there should be no regulation but I also think that you have to be careful about regulation you put in place."

Larger, more dominant companies like Facebook have the resources to comply with government regulation, he said, but "that might be more difficult for a smaller startup to comply with."

Lawmakers in both parties have floated possible regulation of Facebook and other tech companies amid privacy scandals and Russian intervention on the platform. It's not clear what that regulation would look like and Zuckerberg didn't offer any specifics.

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People give Facebook their names, birth dates, friend's names, what they like, post their family photos, and blog where they are. Then somehow they demand total privacy after being dumb enough to do it.

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I saw Mark "Sipping Water" Zuckerberg on the news last night.  He was grilled like a cheeseburger. This is why I am NOT on any social media site.

 

Hot in that room, isn't it. 

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8 minutes ago, MovieMadness said:

CEO Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook's privacy failures

 

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People give Facebook their names, birth dates, friend's names, what they like, post their family photos, and blog where they are. Then somehow they demand total privacy after being dumb enough to do it.

They're either naive or stupid enough to do it.

Oh, but one must be TRENDY! :wacko:

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1 hour ago, MovieMadness said:

People give Facebook their names, birth dates, friend's names, what they like, post their family photos, and blog where they are. Then somehow they demand total privacy after being dumb enough to do it.

Then, of course, there is the other extreme. A poster so paranoid about privacy that he refuses to even say in what state he lives on an internet discussion board.

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"Nobody will ever know my secrets."

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3 hours ago, hamradio said:

I saw Mark "Sipping Water" Zuckerberg on the news last night.  He was grilled like a cheeseburger. This is why I am NOT on any social media site.

 

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I agree. That's why I don't use any of those social media sites either. They employ so much censorship and the "privacy" is nonexistent. Hopefully this scandal wakes everyone up to what a complete joke social media sites are.

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This is another case in which I have little to no sympathy for the "victims". If people aren't assuming that everything they put on the internet is accessible by anyone and everyone that wants to see it, they are naive at best. Years ago it was stated that if you can't figure out what "product" a website is selling, the product is "you". It's been common knowledge that websites track your browsing to tailor advertising for some time now, and after the Snowden/NSA "bombshell" (I still can't believe anyone was shocked or surprised by the news that intelligence groups tracked and listened in on telephone conversations; maybe it's my steady diet of spy movies for decades), why anyone would assume a corporate entity is somehow more trustworthy than a government agency is baffling. 

As for people waking up to the downside of social media, they won't care. Even if Facebook starts to fade, another one will sprout up. People are too narcissistic to step away from the social media "spotlight".

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Zuckerberg is a businessman interested in the bottom line. He doesn't give a

flip about anyone's privacy until it becomes bad PR. Then he says he'll fix

it and doesn't. Been there, done that. 

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You Can’t Handle the Truth About Facebook Ads,

the study....is an inquiry into the tradeoffs between transparency and persuasion in the age of the algorithm. Specifically, it examines what happens if a company reveals to people how and why they’ve been targeted for a given ad, exposing the algorithmic trail that, say, inferred that you’re interested in discounted socks based on a constellation of behavioral signals gleaned from across the web.

Such targeting happens to virtually everyone who uses the internet, almost always without context or explanation. .....

Ad transparency reduced ad effectiveness when it revealed cross-website tracking — an information flow that consumers deem unacceptable, as identified by our inductive study. … Ad transparency that revealed unacceptable information flows heightened concern for privacy over interest in personalization, reducing ad effectiveness.

In other words, for the same reasons you might not actually want to look at the dingy kitchen that just cooked your greasy burger, ad transparency can be deeply alarming.....

Zuckerberg’s claim that you prefer to have your most personal information and online behavior tracked and analyzed on an industrial scale probably only checks out if you’re unaware it’s happening. .....

it’s no wonder Facebook doesn’t want to show its math: The ads that are its lifeblood will stop working as well. John agreed that “there’s a disincentive for firms to reveal unsavory information flows, so that could plausibly explain trying to hide it.” Facebook is, after all, one big, world-spanning, unsavory information flow. "

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/09/facebook-ads-tracking-algorithm/

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Another Facebook issue...

Facebook apologizes for privacy glitch that affected up to 14 million users

http://Facebook apologizes for privacy glitch that affected up to 14 million users

 

Facebook Bug Might Have Had Users Post Private Things Publicly

http://nymag.com/selectall/2018/06/facebook-bug-made-posts-meant-as-private-public-instead.html

 

So much for Mark assuring users problems will be solved. :wacko:

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anybody who gets on social media whether facebook or myspace or whatever and spills their guts about who they are and where and when has not been thinking about personal privacy...

just being trendy and stupid.

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Another Day, another Scandal.......

Facebook Secretly Gave Companies 'Special Access' to User Data Without Consent, Report Alleges

"Disclosure of the deals punctures a hole in the picture Facebook has tried to paint as a suddenly user-friendly, privacy-minded company after 2014—not that anyone was buying that image anyway."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/06/09/another-day-another-scandal-facebook-secretly-gave-companies-special-access-user?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

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Russia funded Facebook and Twitter investments through Kushner investor

Institutions with close links to Kremlin financed stakes through investor in Trump son-in-law’s venture, leaked files reveal

 

"........ Russia’s role in exploiting Facebook and Twitter to influence the 2016 US election is an important strand of an FBI inquiry and congressional investigations. Facebook has identified 3,000 advertisements and 470 fake accounts on its network that were set up by a “troll factory” in St Petersburg. Details have been passed to Congress and to the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, who is examining alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. ....

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/05/russia-funded-facebook-twitter-investments-kushner-investor

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PBS NewsHourVerified account @NewsHour 33m33 minutes ago

 
 

NEWS UPDATE: Facebook officials have now admitted to targeting their company's critics, including Jewish billionaire George Soros.

Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has denied knowledge of the smear campaign.

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/technology/417942-facebook-says-it-asked-definers-to-do-work-on-soros

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:rolleyes:

Mark Zuckerberg Is Trying to Play You — Again

"......Facebook is fundamentally realigning itself as a privacy champion — a company that will no longer track what you read, buy, see, watch, and hear in order to sell companies the opportunity to intervene in your future acts.

But, it turns out, the new “privacy-focused” Facebook involves only one change: the enabling of end-to-end encryption across the company’s instant messaging services. Such a tech shift would prevent anyone, even Facebook, outside of chat participants from reading your messages.

That’s it.

Although the move is laudable — and will be a boon for dissident Facebook chatters in countries where government surveillance is a real, perpetual risk — promising to someday soon forfeit to your ability to eavesdrop on over 2 billion people doesn’t exactly make you eligible for sainthood in 2019.

It doesn’t help that Zuckerberg’s post is completely absent of details beyond a plan to implement these encryption changes “over the next few years” — which is particularly silly considering Facebook has yet to implement privacy features promised in the wake of its previous mega-scandals......

 

a “privacy-focused vision for social networking” looks nothing like Facebook; more to the point, it would resemble Facebook’s negative image. The company will wave its arms around this “announcement” and point to it whenever its next privacy screw-up occurs — likely sometime later today.

Don’t mistake this attempt at pantomiming contrition and techno-progress as anything more than theater. And don’t mistake a long blog post about privacy for anything more than many, many words from a man who knows he’s in trouble."

https://theintercept.com/2019/03/06/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-privacy/

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Funny but the first thing that came to mind when I saw the title of this thread was:  AGAIN????

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Inside Mark Zuckerberg's private meetings with conservative pundits

 

Zuckerberg has been hosting informal talks and small, off-the-record dinners with conservative journalists, commentators and at least one Republican lawmaker in recent months to discuss issues like free speech and discuss partnerships.

The dinners, which began in July, are part of Zuckerberg’s broader effort to cultivate friends on the right amid outrage by President Donald Trump and his allies over alleged “bias” against conservatives at Facebook and other major social media companies.......

“The discussion in Silicon Valley is that Zuckerberg is very concerned about the Justice Department, under Bill Barr, bringing an enforcement action to break up the company,” said one cybersecurity researcher and former government official based in Silicon Valley. “So the fear is that Zuckerberg is trying to appease the Trump administration by not cracking down on right-wing propaganda.”

Facebook has been criticized in recent days, including by Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, for its ad policy, which exempts politicians from third-party fact-checking and arguably facilitates the spread of disinformation.....

, Zuckerberg met earlier this year with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who insinuated that Facebook had become a monopoly during a congressional hearing last year; Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has fingered Zuckerberg as contributing to “the death of free speech in America”; and conservative radio talk host Hugh Hewitt, who has cautioned against a DOJ enforcement action but has called for a “new regulatory regime” to minimize “big tech bias” against conservatives.

CNN commentator Mary Katharine Ham, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, AEI fellow and former Washington Free Beacon editor Matt Continetti, Town Hall editor and Fox News contributor Guy Benson, and Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell have also attended the dinners, according to the person familiar with the gatherings. Washington Examiner chief political correspondent and Fox News contributor Byron York also confirmed his attendance........

 

Facebook’s critics on the left have argued that the company is overcorrecting and trying to curry favor with the Trump administration as it faces increasing scrutiny over its sloppy privacy practices and potential monopoly in social media. .........

asking what the company was doing to address “the spreading of political disinformation by real accounts.”

“We are concerned that you and your company are not taking these occurrences seriously and are grossly unprepared for the 2020 election,” they wrote.

“Specifically, we are concerned that there may be a potential conflict of interest between Facebook’s bottom line and immediately addressing political disinformation on your platform.”

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/14/facebook-zuckerberg-conservatives-private-meetings-046663

 

-No wonder he fears a Warren presidency  <_<

 

 

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Mark Zuckerberg attempted to do something today he has so far struggled to accomplish
 
— assert that Facebook is making society better by giving people a free platform for all kinds of content,
 
from their weddings to their acrimonious political views
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The meaning behind Mark Zuckerberg’s aggressive plea for ‘free expression’

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his speech contained messages for detractors on all sides: He reminded liberals of their history, by citing the First Amendment’s value to civil rights and anti-war activists. He said Facebook has no interest in censoring political speech, addressing a major complaint of conservatives who feel squelched on social media. He even shouted out to the landmark 1964 Supreme Court case that eased the threat of libel suits for the news media, an industry that has been lobbying Congress to lessen big internet companies’ stranglehold on the digital ad market.

Story Continued Below

 

The big question: Will it work?

.......The short version of Zuckerberg's message: "People in power often roll back human rights when times get tough and scary. Don't be those people."

But the CEO is on potentially treacherous ground if people think

he's trying to liken his hugely profitable corporation to a hero like Martin Luther King........

 

Zuckerberg addresses the elephant in the room: Facebook profits from having more relaxed rules for political advertising. The company has already pocketed more than $50 million from 2020 candidates running ads on its platform, according to figures compiled by POLITICO. Even though that amount might just be a "small part" of Facebook's business, as Zuckerberg notes, it still calls into question the notion that it's willingness to greenlight nearly all political ads is rooted purely in high-minded ideals. .......

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/17/zuckerberg-georgetown-speech-050110

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Here's the thing, Mark. Trump isn't just posting a lie on his own page for his own followers. Facebook is accepting millions of dollars from Trump to run political ads, including ones with misinformation and outright lies. Ads that TV stations won't even run.
 
 
Facebook is actively helping Trump spread lies and misinformation. Facebook already helped elect Donald Trump once. They might do it again—and profit off of it.
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Today Mark Zuckerberg tried to convince lawmakers that Libra, the proposed Facebook-led digital currency,
 
would help spread American values globally.
 
(They didn't seem to buy it.) Catch up with his hearing:
 

Democrats torch Zuckerberg for 5 hours....

Democrats’ list of grievances keeps growing

Hours of questioning from the panel’s Democrats reflected just how far Facebook’s fortunes have fallen with the party. Once the darling of Obama-era Democratic Washington, the company today faces a barrage of criticism from the left, most vocally expressed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) trust-busting calls on the 2020 campaign trail.

And Facebook has only itself to blame, Waters told Zuckerberg.

“You have opened up a serious discussion about whether Facebook should be broken up," the California Democrat said early in the hearing as she reeled off a series of complaints about everything from the company’s role in facilitating foreign interference in U.S. elections to the lack of diversity in its leadership ranks....

 

,... Zuckerberg acknowledged Wednesday that lawmakers might still hold reservations about Facebook’s latest plans on Libra, given the heavy scrutiny the company is under.

“I believe that this is something that needs to get built, but I get that I’m not the ideal messenger for this right now,” Zuckerberg said.........

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/23/facebook-zuckerberg-democrats-congress-testimony-056115

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Facebook needs to be broken up into three parts for the democrats

For the dumb

For the dumber

And for the dumbest.

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