The Facebook boss said he was not familiar with so-called "shadow profiles", which media reports have described as collections of data about users that they have no knowledge of or control over.
One of the most talked about things after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's grilling by almost 100 USA lawmakers over two days had little to do with the congressional hearing and everything to do with how he was sitting. According to Carolyn Everson, its vice president of global marketing solutions, not only are there no signs that users are abandoning the platform in any sort of #DeleteFacebook movement, it's not expecting any of the privacy furore to hit the company in the wallet.
"If you're logged into Facebook and visit a website with the Like button, your browser sends us information about your visit", Facebook says. If Zuckerberg and Facebook were comfortable with the data-based bedrock of their business, he should be able and willing to explain all the ways Facebook collects data on everyone and how it uses it.
And if you're anxious Facebook might be listening to you through your phone, you might not like what the company has in store.
"It is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation", Mr Zuckerberg said, but steered away from any specifics.
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"I hear about all these people deleting their Facebook profiles and protesting", Trivisonno said.
The Facebook CEO was grilled over what data Facebook collects, and his answers were often evasive and unsatisfying. While not all respondents were Facebook users, a whopping 17% of respondents reported having removed the Facebook app from their smartphones, and 9% had deleted their accounts altogether.
"I think it's time to ask if Facebook has moved too fast and broken too many things", Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) stated at the beginning of this morning's hearing.
"We're not going to share people's information except for with the people that they've asked for it to be shared". Facebook's main product hasn't changed that much in recent years, so perhaps, like Zuckerberg, they're reminiscing about a time when the company was run out of a Harvard dorm room and the key feature was the "poke". It was then people took note of the face Facebook was using their camera and microphone.
Called The Consumer Right to Privacy Act of 2018, the California ballot measure would allow consumers to learn about the types of personal information businesses are collecting, selling and disclosing on them - in addition to whom that information is being sold or shared. 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.