Zuckerberg was similarly squeamish when Durbin asked if he would share the names of everyone he messaged week. A number of the Russian ads were on Facebook.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the US Senate in a gruelling five-hour session on Tuesday.
Republican and Democrat senators threatened greater state oversight of the technology industry at a joint hearing of the Senate judiciary and commerce committees, saying that Facebook and its peers had failed to police abuses of their own platforms.
Zuckerberg went on to explain that Facebook cooperates with law enforcement in two instances: when there is an "imminent threat of harm", or when law enforcement reaches out to them with a valid legal request. Here's what they decided.
Zuckerberg has a boyishly oval face (hardly a chin in sight), but most visual traces of the cocksure undergrad who came barrelling into Silicon Valley in jeans and a hoodie, his curly hair perpetually matted were absent today. There was a person in a troll wig and a "Russia" scarf, presumably because on Facebook there are Russian trolls.
Zuckerberg added current AI programs have a hard to time recognizing hate speech in different languages.
Ultimately, Zuckerberg apologized repeatedly for failing to foresee the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and promised that his company is working to prevent similar problems.
Senators on Tuesday grilled Chairman and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg during his first congressional hearing on the company's data practices. "A lot of that depends on you". All you have to do is press the physical button on your speaker to mute the microphone. "We're now doing a better job of identifying fake accounts, especially in the French elections" that took place in 2017. "I have looked at thousands of posts containing ivory, and I am convinced that Facebook is literally facilitating the extinction of the elephant species". Just say "Alexa, can you repeat that?" to hear that last response again.
That could have real world consequences.
He later told Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, that "I'm not the type of person who thinks that all regulation is bad".
Another advisable option is Privacy Badger by the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation.
But The Intercept's investigation casts doubt on that claim, reporting that the documentation ICE submits often amounts to standard forms that don't require the oversight of a judge. Cornyn said apologies are "not enough" and suggested legislation could eventually be needed to give consumers more control over their data privacy. For example, he explained that Facebook can't see your WhatsApp messages and that it doesn't sell users' data.
Zuckerberg: "Senator, no I would probably not choose to do that publicly here".
It wasn't just an off day for Blankfein, it was a pattern.
"Senator, when we heard back from Cambridge Analytica that they had told us that they weren't using the data and had deleted it, we considered it a closed case". After a particularly combative questioning from Cruz, Zuckerberg joked: "That was pretty good". "But it might really be unsettling to people that have had an abortion to have a debate about that, mightn't it?" asked Sasse.