SELYUKH: It was a lot less fanfare but a lot more knowledgeable, concise focused questions, a more hostile environment, I would say, for Zuckerberg.
"Acknowledging responsibility for the content shared on the platform changes how Facebook ought to engage in gatekeeping and fact-checking, and how the government might go about regulating the industry". So we need to use that to force Facebook and other social media to take notice of this.
"The profiles that Facebook builds on non-users don't necessarily include so-called "personally identifiable information" (PII) like names or email addresses", Gillmor said. And numerous lawmakers present were primarily preoccupied with allegations of anti-conservative bias at Facebook, a line of questioning that failed to produce any illuminating answers.
CORNISH: But did tougher questions elicit better answers or any new insights? But he warned that lawmakers should be careful in what they propose.
Even though Facebook pretends to give you the control over what you "Like" or "Follow", in reality, they're denying you the chance to ever see posts from those pages. In case you hadn't already heard, yes, it's true: Facebook can track your online activity even if you aren't signed in to Facebook. Listen to this exchange between Democrat Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico and Zuckerberg.
Yes there's Myspace, but keep in mind, Myspace existed before FB, and offered a few things FB still doesn't, like customizing your own page with different designs and adding music.
In his second testimony before the US Congress, Zuckerberg said Facebook doesn't sell data but uses data that people put into the system to make them more relevant.
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Day One saw Mark field questions from senators on advertising, data privacy, Cambridge Analytica, combatting election interference, and more - Day Two saw fresh questions being raised about Facebook's data collection policies, the regulation of social media, as well as information about Facebook's "counterterrorism team". Due to the heavily influential hand FB has on its users and the world, Congress wanted answers from Zuckerberg about what he's doing to maintain users' privacy.
Zuckerberg agreed to the hearings as pressure mounted over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the company's own admission a year ago that it had been compromised by Russians trying to influence the 2016 election. Zuckerberg responded with apologies and promises of internal investigations and remedies.
On Tuesday Facebook began notifying more than 87 million people around the world, including one million Britons, that their private information may have been given to Cambridge Analytica by an app developer from Cambridge University.
CORNISH: Any indications what lawmakers might do next?
Congresspeople including Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Tim Walberg (R-PI) hit Zuckerberg with a laundry list of occassions when Facebook has been perceived to have been censoring conservatives.