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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Senate Committee


Updated April 10, 2018 06:40 PM EDT

During the break, Zuckerberg left his notebook open. His notes were visble to the press and nearby photographers.

It appeared that he was prepared for Senators to ask him to resign. Bullet-point pages had sections on diversity, competition and European data-privacy rules.

Updated April 10, 2018 05:23 PM EDT

Zuckerberg told the committee that his company expects a number of countries are "trying to abuse their systems." He also told lawmakers that Facebook has created an investigation to look into the tampering of their platform by specific countries.

Updated April 10, 2018 05:18 PM EDT

When asked about the importance of understanding and recognizing Social Media addiction Zuckerberg told Senators he believes it is important for parents to monitor access to technology.

"At Facebook, I view our responsibility not just to building service people like but are good for society as well," he said.

He later added that he was not sure if children under the age of 16 need to have a law that establishes a privacy bill of rights.

"We are leaving these children to the most rapacious commercial predictors in this country," Senator Edward Markey, D- Mass., replied.

Updated April 10, 2018 04:56 PM EDT

Updated April 10, 2018 04:51 PM EDT

Zuckerberg told the committee he wanted to create a service that allows "everyone to have a voice." While creating an environment that is safe to them.

"Our goal is to let people have as much expression as possible," Zuckerberg said.

Updated April 10, 2018 04:27 PM EDT

During Zuckerberg's question and answer session with Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, he stated that he works to make sure political bias does not interfere with their work.

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However, he did tell lawmakers that Facebook currently does not screen for political affiliation during the hiring process of content review positions.

Updated April 10, 2018 04:13 PM EDT

Zuckerberg stated to the committee that Facebook does not sell user data to advertisers.

He added that if a user were to terminate their Facebook account, Facebook then deletes their information.

Updated April 10, 2018 04:04 PM EDT

Facebook stated during Tuesday's hearing on Capitol Hill they could have artificial intelligence that identifies hate speech within 10 years. CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that the company is working to create the kind of tools that detect "linguistic nuances" and can identify posts that use hate speech.

Updated April 10, 2018 03:49 PM EDT

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked Zuckerberg if he believes his company is a monopoly.

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“Certainly doesn’t feel that way to me,” Zuckerberg responded to the Senator.

The room erupted into laughter at the CEO's response. Zuckerberg also discussed his companies ability to self-regulate. He explained that he was not against regulations if they are the right regulations.

Updated April 10, 2018 03:40 PM EDT

Senator Patrick Leahy, D- Vt., asked Mark Zuckerberg if anyone at Facebook has been interviewed by the special counsel office.

Zuckerberg responded "yes" but was cautious to disclose any additional information add their work with special counsel office is confidential. He added that he was not personally interviewed by the counsel

Updated April 10, 2018 03:25 PM EDT

Sen Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., questioned Zuckerberg about what the company is doing to combat election meddling on Facebook.

“We want to make sure we do everything we can to protect the integrity of those elections,” Zuckerberg said.

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He explained that the company has deployed new IT tools that do a better job at identifying fake accounts. Zuckerberg equated the need to develop technology that can identify these accounts and bots to an "arms race."

Updated April 10, 2018 03:15 PM EDT

Zuckerberg said they should not have taken Cambridge Analytica at their word. He told the Senate committee that he asked that the app developer delete and stop using the information they collected, adding "Clearly we should not have listened to them."

He added that Facebook will have approximately 20,000 people working for them by the end of the year that will work to identify posts and content that violate the polices of the company.

WASHINGTON (Circa) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees on Capitol Hill, Tuesday to discuss how user data was collected from 87 million users by Cambridge Analytica.

Cambridge Analytica, a London based data-mining firm, used the collected data to try and influence the 2016 United States presidential election. Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced the Senate Judiciary plans to hold another hearing solely dedicated to investigating Cambridge Analytica and data privacy.

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“Consumers must have information necessary to make the decision on whether to share their data and how it should be used,” Grassley said.

Senator John Thune, R-S.D., said Tuesday’s hearing is an opportunity to speak to those that believe in Facebook. He asked Zuckerberg to provide the committee with information pertaining to how Facebook will protect and inform users in the future.

“Even though those 87 million people may have technically consented to giving their data, doesn’t make anyone feel any better,” Thune said.

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Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., highlighted that the Federal Trade commissioned found Facebook was not wholly forthcoming with Facebook’s privacy policy.”

“I think you are genuine," Nelson said. “You want to do the right thing you want to enact the right reforms we want to know if that is going to be enough?”

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Zuckerberg in his opening remarks said this breach of data and trust is his responsibility.

“I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here,” Zuckerberg said. “We’ve been working to understand exactly what happened with Cambridge Analytica and taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

He announced the social media company had plans to investigate all apps that use high volumes of user data.

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