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Facebook to reward people reporting data abuse by app developers

Facebook to reward people reporting data abuse by app developers Facebook to reward people reporting data abuse by app developers
Theresa Hayes | 11 April, 2018, 16:30

Zuckerberg testified in a joint hearing held by the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees following a privacy scandal in which political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica improperly gained data on as much as 87 million people.

Sitting atop a booster seat (which the internet spotted in moments) Zuckerberg was thrown a number of questions.

Zuckerberg was hesitant to answer - and Durbin used that to make a broader point about data privacy. "I believe to start a company in your dorm room and grow it to be at the scale we're at now without making some mistakes".

More than 70 million of the affected users are in the U.S., Facebook said, and there are more than a million each in the Philippines, Indonesia and the United Kingdom.

"When we heard back from Cambridge Analytica that they were not using the data and deleted it, we considered it a closed case". What they've done so far is "a step", but the company needs to take "leaps", she said.

Zuckerberg: "Senator, we have already a "download your information" tool that allows people to see and to take out all of the information that Facebook - that they've put into Facebook or that Facebook knows about them". Zuckerberg said his company has a responsibility to make sure what happened with Cambridge Analytica doesn't happen again. "Until we get it automated, there's a higher error rate than I'm happy with".

Facebook says that you must give the company a reasonable amount of time to investigate and act on an issue before going public with the information, or sharing it with others.

The 33-year-old founder in the testimony accepted responsibility for the social network's failure to protect data of its users and manipulation of the platform that apparently helped Donald Trump occupy the Oval office in 2016.

Zuckerberg also said "There are people in Russian Federation whose job is to try to exploit our systems and other internet systems, and other systems, as well".

"This is an arms race. They're going to keep getting better and we need to invest in getting better at this too".

It came as Zuckerberg admitted his slow reaction to Russian meddling in the U.S. election was "one of my greatest regrets" in a blockbuster Senate hearing. "I'm not actually sure what that is referring to". We will also label them and advertisers will have to show you who paid for them. "Knowing what we know now, we should have handled things differently". Still, he made clear that Facebook will always have a free option, telling Sen. For most of our existence, we focused on all of the good that connecting people can do.

Zuckerberg: "Senator, no I would probably not choose to do that publicly here".

"If you messaged anyone this week would you share with us the names of the people you have messaged?"

Zuckerberg paused for a moment, seemingly surprised by the basic nature of the question, and said, "Senator, we run ads".