Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

European Union parliament gets Facebook answers after Zuckerberg meeting

European Union parliament gets Facebook answers after Zuckerberg meeting

Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg answers questions about the improper use of millions of users' data by a political consultancy, at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, in this still image taken from Reuters TV May 22, 2018. "Starting this week, we're asking everyone on Facebook to review important information about privacy and how to control their experience", Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook, wrote.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was criticized earlier this week for avoiding to answer tens of questions asked by the Members of the European Parliament.

Facebook will also show a summary of features they've enabled, such as face recognition or ads based on data from partners, but not features that have already been disabled or not activated. While some might have expected compensation for the 2.7 million European users who were impacted by the data breach, Facebook has ruled out that possibility.

That said, Facebook will always be ad-supported because it is the right business model if "you want to connect everyone around the world" - especially those who can not pay for services, he says.

Zuckerberg thinks that it will take some time to get the process right, "but when we're serving billions of people around the world, I do think that we need to be informed by some of these governance principles around due process and things like that, that I think have emerged in a lot of other places around the world".


One of those who was not satisfied was MEP Nigel Farage, who had asked if Facebook was a "genuinely neutral political platform".

A Facebook spokesman told the Guardian: "When we changed our policy in 2015, we gave all third-party developers ample notice of material platform changes that could have impacted their applications".

"So first, we're building a system where people can now appeal decisions we make on content".

Facebook has been rolling out its full GDPR compliance for a while, and one interesting lesson is that the "vast majority of users choose to opt-in" to their new policies.

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