Mark Zuckerberg unaware of what shadow profiles are

Mark Zuckerberg unaware of what shadow profiles are

Let's face it, Facebook was wildly irresponsible with its handling of the personal information of tens of millions of its customers.

Because after watching lawmakers fumble their way through the questions they posed to Zuckerberg, who'd swapped his customary hoodie for what appeared to be his dad's suit, it's not clear the majority of them possess the baseline understanding of what Facebook does to responsibly regulate it.

Technically, Facebook's users can turn off targeted advertisements or disable sensitive features such as image recognition in photos.

"I think there is some cause for concern but rest assured that the United States will not allow Facebook to fail for the simple reason that Facebook is one of their success stories".

"We know that drug dealers, doctors and pharmacists running pill mills, and distributors in the pharmaceutical industry are responsible for the scourge of the opioid epidemic, but when it was brought to our attention that these drugs are being sold on Facebook, we needed to take steps to address it", McKinley said in a statement Friday. But expecting much privacy in a business model that relies on selling your information is highly unrealistic.

Then there's the fact that Facebook has been giving away massive amounts of the personal data supplied by consumers to third parties for years without the users' permission. But I do know when I click on links if I'm on Facebook to look at something, a shoe, knee brace, cruise or whatever, it's not a coincidence I instantly get ads for those things.

Possibly it was only the expression "shadow profiles" with which Zuckerberg was new.

In late 2017, Facebook said it was temporarily blocking advertisers' ability to target based on ethnic affinity, along with other things such as religious or LGBT affinity.

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Sadly, when two days of hearings with Zuckerberg - in a suit, not the usual T-shirt - were done, neither we nor Congress knew much more about the social network's failures or efforts to protect our privacy.

Facebook is under fire for a privacy breach affecting more than 87 million users, and regulations affecting all users could be on the way.

The takeaway buzzword in the hearings, however, was "regulation". Then there's the stuff your friends do and like - the idea being that it's a good indicator for what you might do and like.

Last month it was revealed that a sleazy enterprise called Cambridge Analytica had collected such information from Facebook users as a basis for crafting political campaigns for whoever bought its services.

But Blumenthal wasn't buying it. It's the price of using Facebook.

Zuckerberg early this year: "It was my mistake, and I'm sorry". But he also dodged some important queries by invoking "his team". How many fake accounts have been removed? All in all, it might be a public relations (PR) attempt that will present the platform as eager to self-regulate to stop any US lawmakers' attempts of GDPR-like regulations in their tracks. You don't actually get the data until Facebook sends you another email (SF Weekly received this email about 15 minutes after requesting it).

As if all that were not enough, there also have been charges of censorship by Facebook in which its liberal-leaning leaders are removing content of those espousing conservative philosophies.

The decision came as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the US Congress twice in less than 24 hours, apologising for the data breach scandal involving British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.Social networking giant Facebook has chose to stop funding a campaign that aims to defeat the California Consumer Privacy Act.

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