Zuckerberg resists efforts to commit to regulation


"What if I don't want to receive those commercial advertisements?"

Although much of the current worldwide discussion about internet privacy is focused on Facebook's recently publicized policies and failures, the Gallup poll also found a greater number of Google users are concerned about their protecting their privacy when using the platform-35 percent are "very concerned", a 10-point jump from 2011. But when Techpinions asked people if they'd be interested in such a paid model, 59 percent said no. "The only thing that would work is legislation that limited what ad-tech systems could take and how long they could keep it". Republicans pressed him on whether Facebook suppresses conservative views.

Yes, numerous illustrious senators and representatives assembled devoted their limited minutes with the CEO of one of the biggest companies in the United States to addressing some very simple elements of how Facebook works (which is lucky for Zuckerberg because he had to concentrate most of his energy on modulating his face in the very natural way that humans do).

CORNISH: But did tougher questions elicit better answers or any new insights?

Zuckerberg this week endured two days of questioning by United States politicians as he tried to convince them he was still the right man to lead Facebook and that further regulation of the social media landscape was not necessary to safeguard privacy.

According to the Techpinions survey, 17% of respondents indicated that they had deleted Facebook from their mobile devices, while 11% said they had removed it from their other devices. Earlier, during the first five-hour marathon session at US Congress late on Tuesday, the Facebook CEO conveyed his concerns about the upcoming elections globally.

So the big question we should all be asking is: what needs to change? Listen to this exchange between Democrat Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico and Zuckerberg.

He also said he was not familiar with what various media reports call "shadow profiles", collections of data assembled on Facebook users that they have no knowledge of or control over. Pressed repeatedly by Democratic Senator Ed Markey to endorse a proposed law that would require companies to get people's permission before sharing personal information, Zuckerberg agreed to further talks.

On Facebook the minimum age of users is 13, not counting the company's Messenger for Kids app (which doesn't collect the type of data Facebook's main app does). Facebook has been reeling from its worst-ever privacy failure following revelations last month that the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which was affiliated with Trump's 2016 campaign, improperly scooped up data on about 87 million users. This came after questioning by Representative Anna Eshoo, a California Democrat. Zuckerberg asserted that Facebook did not sell data.

How Facebook will help spread internet connectivity in rural areas. He gave no timeline.

Kogan allegedly passed the information unwittingly submitted by Facebook users who downloaded the app to Cambridge Analytica.

CORNISH: Any indications what lawmakers might do next?

Zuckerberg was unable to answer Dingell, the MI congresswoman, when she asked how frequently Facebook used computer code embedded in websites to gather dossiers on virtually everyone online.

Congress is responsible for regulating a lot of industries that have a lot of technical nuance. It wasn't clear which direction they were heading specifically.

Zuckerberg replied by saying that his position is not that there should be no regulation.