Zuckerberg Faces Congress On Privacy "Mistakes", While FTC Probe Looms

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Facebook has pushed out a flurry of announcements over the past week about how it's planning to mop up the Cambridge Analytica data-scraping scandal, and it's clear from Zuckerberg's testimony that the announcements were meant to prime the pump, letting the embattled CEO claim that his company is indeed taking action.

The 33-year-old tech billionaire will appear before back-to-back panels of the Senate judiciary and commerce committees on Tuesday and will also testify in front of the House committee on energy and commerce on Wednesday.

He says he plans to question Zuckerberg about the breach of data and an agreement.

Facebook disclosed in September that Russians under fake names had used the social network to try to influence U.S. voters in the months before and after the 2016 election, writing about inflammatory subjects, setting up events and buying ads.

Zuckerberg was already meeting in private with members of Congress Monday, according to aides who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"Today I have opened a formal investigation into Facebook, following confirmation from Facebook that the information of over 300,000 Australian users may have been acquired and used without authorisation", Ms Falk said in a statement. Here are five questions that could shed more light on Facebook's privacy practices and the degree to which it is really sorry about playing fast and loose with user data - or just because its practices have drawn the spotlight.

The data obtained was originally collected by University of Cambridge professor Aleksandr Kogan who used an app called "thisisyourdigitallife", which offered a personality test. Facebook users who downloaded the app granted it permission to collect data on their location, friends and things they Liked.

After months of scandals, it's finally happening: Mark Zuckerberg is testifying.

"What we found was that bad actors had used co-ordinated networks of fake accounts to interfere in the election: promoting or attacking specific candidates and causes, creating distrust in political institutions, or simply spreading confusion". The story has been corrected to say that Zuckerberg made the rounds with his assistant Andrea Besmehn.

Zuckerberg also apologized for being "too slow to spot and respond to Russian interference" during the 2016 us presidential election.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

"There are going to be people who are going to say Facebook ought to be broken up", Sen. He is also expected to be asked about Russia's use of social media during the 2016 USA elections. Depending on which post you see, you'll find out whether or not your data was included in the 87 million profiles swept up on behalf of Cambridge Analytica. "It's not enough to give people control of their information, we have to make sure developers they've given it to are protecting it too". "One is the privacy issue and the other is the propagandist issue", he said.

Nelson said he believes Zuckerberg is taking the congressional hearings seriously "because he knows there is going to be a hard look at regulation".

"I think he understands that regulation could be right around the corner", he said.

Associated Press reporters around the world have been surveying users, none of whom has reported seeing anything from Facebook.

CONTEXT: Sean Parker, Facebook's first president, said Facebook specializes in "exploiting" human psychology and may be harming our children's brains.

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