Facebook to examine tens of thousands of apps for data misuse

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Facebook to examine tens of thousands of apps for data misuse

There are plenty of unanswered questions despite Zuckerberg's hours of grilling on Capitol Hill.

But he faltered somewhat Wednesday when pressed by Rep.

"Every time there is a control right there", Zuckerberg said. Pallone called the response "disappointing". But at the same time, Zuckerberg is also saying that there will be always a free version of Facebook that will be ad-supported because that, according to the Facebook CEO, allows more people to use Facebook.

But the chief executive of the world's largest social media network pushed back on Congress members' suggestions that users do not have enough control of their data on Facebook.

Zuckerberg admitted to mistakes and apologized in a Senate Hearing Tuesday, as Senators like John Thune (R-SD) mulled over how the company should be handling data. If so, Facebook could be subject to hefty fines.

When asked why the company did not immediately alert the 87 million users whose data may have been improperly accessed when first told about it in 2015, Zuckerberg said Facebook considered it a "closed case" after Cambridge Analytica said they had deleted it.

Cruz then asked if Facebook had taken down any pages from Democratic candidates or liberal groups like Planned Parenthood and MoveOn.org, to which Zuckerberg said he had no knowledge of. Reps for Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment clarifying his remarks. Greg Walden of OR, who led the hearing as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, opened the discussion Wednesday by noting that President Obama's campaign also employed developers that could have accessed Facebook data.

The topic of Facebook regulation also came up occasionally during the hearing, and Zuckerberg said repeatedly that he's open to some type of regulation. But with only four minutes allotted to each of the 55 committee members, there was limited opportunity for followup questions.

MS senator Roger Wicker asked Zuckerberg about rumors that "Facebook can track users' Internet browsing activity even after that user has logged off the Facebook platform".

Facebook was surrounded in controversy long before the Cambridge Analytica stuff surface.

"The internet is growing in importance around the world". I don't think that's hard for you to say yes to unless I'm missing something.

But Mr. Zuckerberg also echoed some of his previous statements in which he seemed to blame users. Here's how Facebook's website describes them to advertisers: "Facebook's offline conversion measurement solution helps you understand which offline events, such as purchases in your retail store or orders made over the phone, happened as a result of your Facebook ads".

Still, the CEO insisted that Facebook was committed to being a "platform for all ideas". That's also what makes Facebook so bad: It knows everything about you.

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