Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Would you pay for an ad-free Facebook?

Would you pay for an ad-free Facebook?

Responding to a question poised by U.S. Representative Ben Luján (D-New Mexico), Zuckerberg responded that Facebook tracks non-users for security reasons. And Facebook's plan - notifying users whose data were shared and teaching others how to "secure their account and data" - is like shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted.

"We've got to fix that", the congressman grilling Zuckerberg said.

Critics said that Zuckerberg has not said enough about the extent and use of the data. Chris Calabrese, vice president for policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology, said that Facebook needs to reveal what it is doing with all of this information.

The physical presence (in Zurich) of Internet giants such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft means that they are already adequately taxed here, Maurer said. That is a population recently targeted by Facebook with the development of its application "Facebook Messenger Kids".

SEN. DURBIN: "If you've messaged anybody this week, would you share with us the names of the people you've messaged?"

All the attention on Facebook and Cambridge Analytica regarding breach of trust and exploitation of personal data is richly deserved. How do we deal with the new public sphere as it operates?' " She added: "People mistakenly think that Facebook sells your data.

In the aftermath of President Trump's election, many speculated whether Zuckerberg's carefully orchestrated road trip, which included photo-ops with farmers in Wisconsin, firemen in IN, and college football coach Nick Saban in Alabama, was part of grander political ambitions or a way to make amends after a tough year for Facebook's image.

Facebook was continually labelled by the respective Representatives as "self-regulated", with nearly all calling for the need for some form of governance.

If you thought that the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook data breach was bad, then wait till you hear about what the company has been planning to do with its artificial intelligence capabilities!

Facebook declined to comment on concerns about the workarounds.

The questions on the second day zeroed in on Facebook's self-regulation and exposed the enormity of the data compromised in the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal.

"While Facebook has certainly grown, I worry it may not have matured", he said.

This gives the lie to Facebook's official line that the users are in control of the data that they share, and that the company is only using the data that people willingly offer up. We should make our own strides to protect ourselves and stay informed on new regulations that could be in Facebook's future.

However, my analysis neglected some of the psychological fallout of telling people they only get to ditch ads if they can afford it, the loss of ubiquitous reach for advertisers, and the reality of which users would cough up the cash. We must stop being Facebook's product and become Facebook's consumer.

"The biggest growing segment for these social media platforms is the youth, and they grew up with this, so they know all their data is being collected, and they know they don't have privacy", said Detert.

If Congress wants to regulate Facebook, following the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation model, which states that every user has the right to be informed of where their information is going and that data has the right to be erased upon request of a user, could be a step in the right direction.

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