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Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Even Mark Zuckerberg's personal data was obtained by Cambridge Analytica

Even Mark Zuckerberg's personal data was obtained by Cambridge Analytica

After weathering heated questions from two Senate panels, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to Capitol Hill Wednesday to face more questions from the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the social media platform's transparency and user privacy.

"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", he said.

Before a panel of 44 senators asked him about Facebook's privacy policies, Russian interference, and other security issues, Zuckerberg used his opening remarks to issue an apology. Light regulation enabled a culture of freewheeling innovation, and the beloved products that Silicon Valley companies created made them politically convenient allies.

Of the hundreds of questions thrown at Mr Mark Zuckerberg by U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday, none appeared to flummox the Facebook founder more than Senator Dick Durbin's pointed query about where he slept the previous evening.

His admission that even the company's tech-savvy founder was unable to protect his own information underscored the problem Facebook has in persuading skeptical lawmakers that users can easily safeguard their own information and that further legislation governing Facebook is unnecessary. You can also download a copy of your Facebook data under settings.

"Every time there is a control right there", Zuckerberg said.

Speaking in the wake of a scandal over the massive leak of data to a British political consultant, Zuckerberg reiterated that the company had shut down the pipeline that allowed such data, including his own, to slip into the hands of third parties.

Mr Zuckerberg has faced broad concerns from members of Congress about how Facebook shares user data.

"I think that may be what this is all about", Durbin said.

"I do imagine that we will find some apps that were either doing something suspicious or misusing people's data", he said.

On Tuesday, Zuckerberg was asked what data they collect after people have logged out, and he couldn't answer.

According to Vox, the senators have an average age of 62, whereas Zuckerberg is just 33; people following the questioning have not been unable to notice that the team of senators are perhaps not the most clued-up when it comes to the world of Facebook.

Graham demanded to know why Congress should let Facebook self-regulate. Zuckerberg managed to, mostly, keep a straight face while replying: "Senator, we run ads".

Zuckerberg offered no answer to McKinley's criticism other than to agree Facebook needed to do a better job at policing some of the content on its service, but McKinley wasn't done. "Giving people control of their information and how they want to set their privacy is foundational to the whole service", he said during the testimony before the panel. (Users have to contact apps directly and ask them to delete their personal data).

Marcus Adeniyi is a freshman at East Stroudsburg University. he says he stays off most social media websites because it's too easy to get hacked.

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