Judd Gregg: Sen. Graham, Mark Zuckerberg and the monopoly question

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Rodgers said social media companies have a responsibility to protect personal data, and that users should be able to opt out of certain kinds of tracking, data collection and third-party sales. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook appeared before the us congress two days last week to tell Americans about his company's handling of people's privacy data and its use for committing harmful activities such as fake news propagation and election meddling all over the world. Now, what this exactly means is anyone's guess, but Facebook is pretty much saying it is for "security purposes".

In an official blog post, published on 16 April, Facebook throws light on the objective and nature of data it is collecting from third party websites and apps which are using their various engagement tools. In this instance, there are also issues considering the fact that, since you are not with the service, you technically never had the option to decline. Once they did that, the company already had some data about that person's social circle and when one of the people in that user's contact information chose to create a Facebook account, friend suggestions are ready to be presented.

This particular aspect of the controversial data harvesting only affected those Facebook users who actually installed the This Is Your Digital Life app.

Sean Goggins, associate professor of computer science at MU, has been studying how social media is used in the US political process.

"Facebook needs to reveal what it is doing with all of this information". This is the tool Kogan was using for his personality quiz app.

Since the average length of a Facebook update is 11 words you can see that the results of this "psychological manipulation" test were tiny.

The questions on the second day zeroed in on Facebook's self-regulation and exposed the enormity of the data compromised in the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal.


The 2011 consent decree capped years of Facebook privacy mishaps, many of which revolved around its early attempts to follow users and their friends around the internet.

Goggins said Facebook tracks every move of each user, and that it owns all the data on the platform.

Many websites and apps use Facebook services to make their content and ads more engaging and relevant.

"Consumers have a right to know what personal data there is being collected and sold, who's buying it and for what objective".

Testifying before the US Congress, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had said his organisation was committed to ensure integrity of elections across the world, including India.

Wen said that, although he believes that the Facebook boycott wasn't successful, its intention was reasonable.

Majority of the respondents, making up 39% of the study, said that they are now more careful with what they post and the posts they interact with, while 35% said they are using the platform much less than they used to. "Major organizations have been hacked before, like the IRS, but because social media is such a new thing and it's fun, we focus on the bad things when they do happen".

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