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Facebook CEO’s Prepared Testimony Released by Congress

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s prepared testimony ahead of his appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, has been released by the Congress today. According to CNBC, Zuckerberg is also scheduled to appear before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees tomorrow.

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The social networking giant is currently being questioned about recent reports of research firm Cambridge Analytica improperly gaining access to the personal information of as many as 87 million Facebook users. The company has sent representatives to Washington to address issues of foreign interference on Facebook, but the upcoming hearings will be company’s first opportunity to address privacy policies before lawmakers.

Below is an excerpt from Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony:

“I started Facebook when I was in college. We’ve come a long way since then. We now serve more than 2 billion people around the world, and every day, people use our services to stay connected with the people that matter to them most. I believe deeply in what we’re doing. And when we address these challenges, I know we’ll look back and view helping people connect and giving more people a voice as a positive force in the world.

I realize the issues we’re talking about today aren’t just issues for Facebook and our community — they’re challenges for all of us as Americans. Thank you for having me here today, and I’m ready to take your questions.”

To read the entire testimony, click here.

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    -We’re requiring developers to not only get approval but also to sign a contract that imposes strict requirements in order to ask anyone for access to their posts or other private data.

    3. Investigating other apps. We’re in the process of investigating every app that had access to a large amount of information before we locked down our platform in 2014. If we detect suspicious activity, we’ll do a full forensic audit. And if we find that someone is improperly using data, we’ll ban them and tell everyone affected.

    So, in part, the developer pinky swears no to abuse the data Facebook gives them access to. Yeah, that sounds effective.

    And that forensic audit…that just a completely BS smokescreen. They can’t tell what someone does with the data after they have it. They might find out later, as in the multiple examples he gave, though the media or whistleblowers, but an audit can’t tell you what’s being done with the mounds of data after it’s been handed over.

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