Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Almost one in 10 Americans have deleted their Facebook accounts, survey says

Almost one in 10 Americans have deleted their Facebook accounts, survey says

Stressing that there is an online propaganda "arms race" with Russian Federation and it was important to make sure no one interferes in any more elections including in India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that his own personal data was "improperly shared".

Cambridge Analytica compromised personal information of approximately 87 million users, half a million of whom were from India.

However, he rejected suggestions from Congress members that Facebook users did not have enough control over their data.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg barely left his grilling in Congress before another group of lawmakers is asking him to testify - this time, in Europe. "While Cambridge Analytica and Facebook are on top of everyone's mind, we aim to cast our net wider and think long-term".

Zuckerberg said he was getting to the bottom of what the UK-based firm did and will tell everyone who may have been affected.

Regulation is certainly one way to catch up on protecting people's data privacy, according to Emily Laidlaw, an associate professor of law at the University of Calgary. Yeah, that's right. People were quick to point out that billionaire entrepreneur and owner of the largest social media company in the world, Mark Zuckerberg, was seated before the United States Senate on a booster. The main man himself also revealed that he wasn't immune to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, as his data was vacuumed like everyone else.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley said Tuesday's hearing is the first step in an "open dialogue about how we address growing consumer privacy concerns".

Have you deleted your Facebook account in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal? Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team have been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 American Presidential election and potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign since a year ago and now apparently they've talked to Facebook. The hearings were meant to inform lawmakers of Facebook's approach to data handling and privacy in the wake of recent revelations that political consulting firm Cambridge Anlaytica improperly obtained data on up to 87 million Facebook users from the academic, Aleksandr Kogan.

Facebook could start with all the misleading nonsense that circulates on its social network about Facebook, and go from there.

"I hope that Mr Zuckerberg is just as honest as possible, way more honest than he has been in the past with his statements", said Annamarie Rienzi, 22, wearing a #DeleteFacebook T-shirt.

Zuckerberg told Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) that there would always be a free version of Facebook, but that a paid option might be a possibility later.

"We don't sell the data". Zuckerberg agreed: "If there's an imminent threat of harm, we're going to take a conservative position on that and make sure that we flag that and understand that more broadly". Facebook is neither a media or a financial institution, he said.

"We are working to advocate technology", Parakilas said, "that aligns with humanity's best interest". All the subtle language that helps stay people stay searchable by friends ... the work we will likely have to do in China some day. One of the things that also came up in the hearings, and I am a firm believer in this, is that big companies generally don't get hurt by regulations.

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