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Facebook Users Not Fazed By Privacy Scandal

16 April 2018

MARK ZUCKERBERG: "Umm, uh, no". He was confident. He capably tackled numerous queries proposed last week by Bloomberg columnists. With the prior three years' worth of expenses combined, Facebook spent approximately $20 million on security and travel for Zuckerberg.

The question is: how can Mark Zuckerberg create value for an ad-free Facebook in order to survive without advertising? At one point in the hearing, though, Zuckerberg acknowledged that his own information was compromised as a result of the privacy controversy now looming over his company. But it's a loss for the rest of us. Considering there were questions about how Facebook could sustain its business model without user payment, we can safely say that numerous committee members did not do their homework. Right now we are in the midst of a general election and you know people get passionate in the Caribbean. The first was with Senator Roy Blunt, the Republican from Missouri.

Opening the session, the House panel's chairman, Representative Greg Walden, Republican of OR, called Facebook an "American success story".

Facebook also collects information on "offline" activity, as Blunt also asked, which includes information on users' location as they roam around the real world. Today, either they or data brokers scrape information from your social media for "lead generation". A subscription model punches holes in the ubiquity of Facebook ads that drive businesses to the app. And we are all too willing to share that information, not only with Facebook, but with the world.

This exchange mattered because Blunt and others revealed the flaw in Facebook's bargain with users.

Sarnecki suggests users to disable any apps on Facebook that they no longer use or trust by going to "Settings", and then "Apps and Websites". Any data you post online - regardless of privacy settings - or any data collected by third parties with whom you have an agreed-upon business relationship, is not private, yet many willingly stream data and images to their "network". "Now it appears that Cambridge Analytica took it one step farther, using highly sensitive personal data taken from Facebook users without their knowledge to manipulate them into supporting Donald Trump".

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Zuckerberg answered this with "I understand where that concern is coming from because Facebook and the tech industry are located in Silicon Valley, which is an extremely left-leaning place". And that means the consent of Facebook users is not informed.

In most cases, the Swiss authorities (mainly the Federal Office of Police, but also individual cantons) requested information such as email or IP addresses to aid investigations into suspected terrorism.

As for what such profiles actually are, they are actually for people who have friends or social contacts who do have Facebook accounts and chose to share their contact data with the social network. And regardless, there is no way Zuckerberg can agree to this.

Facebook could voluntarily change the rules of the game.

Earlier this week, the company announced the launch of the Data Abuse Bounty to reward Facebook users who report any misuse of data by app developers.

The for-profit social media giant Facebook harvests vast amounts of data from each of its 2 billion users across the globe. We must assume that if some of the data we have wilfully granted to social media platforms has not already been leaked or hacked, it is a matter of time until it is. It's time for Facebook to really change.

Facebook Users Not Fazed By Privacy Scandal