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5 nations now demand Zuckerberg testify on Facebook's data misuse

5 nations now demand Zuckerberg testify on Facebook's data misuse

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  • First, as has been shown from past examples, most officials have no idea how these platforms work. Second, requiring these testimonies are not productive unless you believe that hauling Zuckerberg before a public committee will somehow provoke the FB to adopt policies that will make it less likely to

    First, as has been shown from past examples, most officials have no idea how these platforms work. Second, requiring these testimonies are not productive unless you believe that hauling Zuckerberg before a public committee will somehow provoke the FB to adopt policies that will make it less likely to anger lawmakers in the future. Instead, lawmakers should try to learn the substance of these issues and craft intelligence policy with which Facebook must comply.

  • Increased oversight of social media companies and election campaigns is definitely in order. However, based on Zuckerberg’s decline to attend the joint hearing with the UK and Canada combined with the increased spend of campaign funds towards Facebook advertisements in the recent Midterm Election, I

    Increased oversight of social media companies and election campaigns is definitely in order. However, based on Zuckerberg’s decline to attend the joint hearing with the UK and Canada combined with the increased spend of campaign funds towards Facebook advertisements in the recent Midterm Election, I think it is clear that while user privacy is a big deal globally it is not a top priority for the U.S.

    While it may have appeared to be a top concern during congress’ hearings with Zuckerberg back in April 2018 when news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal came out, it is clear now that U.S. Politicians care less about user privacy and are more interested in using the Facebook platform to target voters and advance their own campaigns. Unless the U.S. Government makes user protection a genuine concern regulations from abroad aren’t going to be the force of change that reforms Facebook.

  • Everyone wants their day in court! Battling Zuckerberg is great political fodder... Score some points looking like the champion of the people, without actually doing anything.

  • Overall, I found this article compelling and agree that social media platforms are dangerous and a threat to democracy. That being said, I wish Kates harped on the fact that not only was Facebook instrumental in ushering in authoritarian regimes in both England and America, but it has also played a huge

    Overall, I found this article compelling and agree that social media platforms are dangerous and a threat to democracy. That being said, I wish Kates harped on the fact that not only was Facebook instrumental in ushering in authoritarian regimes in both England and America, but it has also played a huge part in inciting a wide scale genocide of the Rohingya people of Myanmar. In this country, the Myanmar military personnel published false stories about the Muslim Rohingya on the social media platform. Subsequently, the government has successfully used the network as a means and justification of ethnic cleansing that is still occurring to this this day. Not only is the use of this network for inciting negative political change appalling, but Facebook has also played a part in damaging the newspaper industry by starving these companies of advertisement revenues. In the United States, steps are being taken to pass a bill called the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act that would limit the power of this online platform and restore greater monetary power to small newspaper companies. In my opinion, the US and other countries must act quickly to limit the scope and influencing power of this dangerous social networking platform.

  • It is hard to protect privacy when we use social media platform. Leakaging of personal information is one of the most serious problem for cyber safety in nowadays. Besides, social media itself plays a significant role in politics and parties which means Fb could use data analytic technics to manipulate

    It is hard to protect privacy when we use social media platform. Leakaging of personal information is one of the most serious problem for cyber safety in nowadays. Besides, social media itself plays a significant role in politics and parties which means Fb could use data analytic technics to manipulate some big events such as elections. Although there were people against the fact of data misuse, we still have a long way to go.

  • Facebook has gathered billions of people around the world, which to some extent strengthens the power of opinion leaders as people inevitably tend to follow. Also, it’s much easier for the minorities to find their allies which means that they will be less influenced by the mainstream when they get a

    Facebook has gathered billions of people around the world, which to some extent strengthens the power of opinion leaders as people inevitably tend to follow. Also, it’s much easier for the minorities to find their allies which means that they will be less influenced by the mainstream when they get a sense of belonging. In that case, Facebook does have shaped the thoughts and opinions of people, and of course, has an impact on the political election. So I think Facebook should take its social responsibilities and treat itself as a media company rather than just a tech company.

  • "Facebook...failed to keep the personal information secure because it failed to make suitable checks on apps and developers using its platform."

    There are people switching or even quit using Facebook recently. However I doubt Facebook should take full responsibility for all those information leakage

    "Facebook...failed to keep the personal information secure because it failed to make suitable checks on apps and developers using its platform."

    There are people switching or even quit using Facebook recently. However I doubt Facebook should take full responsibility for all those information leakage.

    For me, it’s like an example: people put their diamonds in the bank’s safe deposit box. When the bank is being robbed, should people be angry because the bank did not make suitable check towards people entering bank? It makes no sense.

    No one institution can be airtight. We are the one who choose to put tons of personal information on social media and attackers are the one who hacked in. That is to say, sure, Facebook should definitely reinforce themselves, but they are not the only one to blame.

  • While I’m happy to see numerous countries aligning their interests into a single effort, I imagine this being yet another meeting to slap Zuckerberg on the wrist while deciding upon no real change. I think we need to put all social media giants in a room and give them the reigns to discuss a possible

    While I’m happy to see numerous countries aligning their interests into a single effort, I imagine this being yet another meeting to slap Zuckerberg on the wrist while deciding upon no real change. I think we need to put all social media giants in a room and give them the reigns to discuss a possible solution. Putting one social media exec in a room full of politicians, who don’t necessarily understand the industry they’re discussing, will once again get us nowhere.

  • This is honestly getting ridiculous. These requests sound more like political campaign.

    What would be the point of having him? What would even be the message? We would basically repeat the process of interviewing Zuckemberg all over again, and maybe hearing him repeat the same, exact things he's already

    This is honestly getting ridiculous. These requests sound more like political campaign.

    What would be the point of having him? What would even be the message? We would basically repeat the process of interviewing Zuckemberg all over again, and maybe hearing him repeat the same, exact things he's already said in five different versions. Why should Facebook agree?

    We keep hearing many people (or rather many governments) pushing the control agenda, but what I'm still wondering is: are we even sure that these strong positions are what we truly desire? Will it be enough? To me, the answer is no. It seems to me that Facebook, and social media in general are being seen as the major culprit, while we tend to forget there are still people behind it. I'm not contrary on regulations, but I'll be highly skeptic on whoever will try to activate them. From net-neutrality to plain censorhip; there are people we cannot touch, those who can make any kind of subtle decision and leave us watching them powerless.

  • With the divisive nature of politics in the U.S. and around the world, it is paramount that the integrity of campaigns is not compromised. There needs to be new privacy and limitations on how companies are mining and using personal data, but this is a challenging task. A task that cannot be accomplished

    With the divisive nature of politics in the U.S. and around the world, it is paramount that the integrity of campaigns is not compromised. There needs to be new privacy and limitations on how companies are mining and using personal data, but this is a challenging task. A task that cannot be accomplished by those who are uneducated about the systems and technology they are attempting to regulate. Although I sympathize with the frustrations of U.K., Canada, Argentina, Austrailia and Ireland, a joint committee comprised of parliaments, will do nothing the solve the data use issues with Facebook. As we witnessed with Zuckerberg and the U.S. Congress, it is paramount that unbiased data scientist and systems experts are needed for meaningful conversations to take place.

    Further, Facebook should not have to answer to this committee unless they present documented evidence. Since the Cambridge Analytica hearings, Zuckerberg has pledged to do everything they can to stop the forces attempting to interfere with elections. However, if there is evidence that Facebook has not made an effort to prevent interference, then action and regulation should be taken.

    Ultimately the recent data use scandals are extraordinarily problematic and speak to the power that social media companies and large corporations have when we give over our data. It is not surprising that various entities have used this data to push their agendas. This forces users to be educated on the data they are sharing and be critical of content they are consuming. It will be interesting to see the roles that California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 and EU GDPR play into data privacy around the world.

  • Both Zuckerberg and Facebook apologized to the public for this incident, which is literally full of sincerity. But Fb takes responsibility for protecting users’ data. If they can’t do this, they may lose the qualification to serve people. Nowadays, in cyberspace, data is produced all the time. People

    Both Zuckerberg and Facebook apologized to the public for this incident, which is literally full of sincerity. But Fb takes responsibility for protecting users’ data. If they can’t do this, they may lose the qualification to serve people. Nowadays, in cyberspace, data is produced all the time. People think, schedule, consumption habits, and relationship networks are inseparable from the network, and sometimes the data may know you better. Thus, it is important for Fb to handle this crisis well for the future of the company.


  • Though it’s true that Zuckerberg is a busy man and attending hearing after hearing may not result in immediate action, Facebook’s dismissive response to requests for further investigation and discussion shows a lack of commitment to change. There is clearly a need for new regulation and more public awareness

    Though it’s true that Zuckerberg is a busy man and attending hearing after hearing may not result in immediate action, Facebook’s dismissive response to requests for further investigation and discussion shows a lack of commitment to change. There is clearly a need for new regulation and more public awareness around social media data usage. Each country and culture is different, so a blank “fix” may not be the best solution. If Facebook continues to avoid other countries outside the US, how can it make accurate or progressive changes to its functions and data usage?

  • It’s not alarming that the UK and Canada want Zuck to testify before court but at the same time, when we use social media, our information is readily and publicly available, to a certain extent. At this point, it’s a matter of these countries trying to control media, in my opinion but disguised as a

    It’s not alarming that the UK and Canada want Zuck to testify before court but at the same time, when we use social media, our information is readily and publicly available, to a certain extent. At this point, it’s a matter of these countries trying to control media, in my opinion but disguised as a service to protect citizens from having their personal information leaked. I am also curious to see whether the joint committee understands technology as much as Congress did.

  • When we sign into the FB, we all agreed by the secure terms. This is obviously the mistake of FB failing to protect users’ information properly. However, in the age of big data, who is safe enough on the Internet? I think it is not full responsibility of FB in this case. The hackers have too many ways

    When we sign into the FB, we all agreed by the secure terms. This is obviously the mistake of FB failing to protect users’ information properly. However, in the age of big data, who is safe enough on the Internet? I think it is not full responsibility of FB in this case. The hackers have too many ways to steal the information and I can understand that FB is impossible to defend effectively all the time. For Mark, I think it is miserable for him to be demanded to testify on the FB’s data misuse. I don’t think this was his purpose to create FB but in fact not everything can be under controlled. Unsecured data and fake news are the result of freedom of speech and I don’t think it is all blamed on FB.

  • This article reminds me a recent thing just happened to me. Last month I was searching for some information regarding Teacher's College at Columbia on Google. When I finished my research, I got a sponsored inmail from Teacher's College at Linkedin the day after. Is that a coincidence? I would say the

    This article reminds me a recent thing just happened to me. Last month I was searching for some information regarding Teacher's College at Columbia on Google. When I finished my research, I got a sponsored inmail from Teacher's College at Linkedin the day after. Is that a coincidence? I would say the only reasonable explanation is google sell my data to Linkedin.

    My point is that perhaps not any single giant tech is innocent in terms of securing information safe. so I would say it might be a wise move if we focus the legislation of keeping our personal information safe rather than keep an eye on Facebook all the time.

  • While I agree with Denholm that the model targeted at us to buy shoes cannot be the same one used to engage with people and voices during an election, I think it will be extremely difficult to pass a law that will provide oversight to social media companies. It’s a fine line - we want there to be oversight

    While I agree with Denholm that the model targeted at us to buy shoes cannot be the same one used to engage with people and voices during an election, I think it will be extremely difficult to pass a law that will provide oversight to social media companies. It’s a fine line - we want there to be oversight so as not to disseminate false information regarding elections and candidates, but the second we govern it, it falls into the idea of media censorship. As a nation that provides itself on free speech, what do we censor? Is censoring Facebook the right answer or will trolls still find a way to hack into peoples accounts and spread fake news? I’m not sure what the right answer is. But I don’t think Zuckerberg will do anything to censor Facebook, but something within the organization needs to change in order to keep people’s personal data safe. I’ll be interested to see if Zuckerberg changes anything with Facebook; perhaps if he does, other social media platforms will follow suit.

  • I am always curious about others' attitude towards personal information protection. When I first sign up on a whatever website, my personal information is no longer private. When I first receive a fraud voicemail, I'm sure about that. So I don't care about hack because it's unavoidable to become a "transparent

    I am always curious about others' attitude towards personal information protection. When I first sign up on a whatever website, my personal information is no longer private. When I first receive a fraud voicemail, I'm sure about that. So I don't care about hack because it's unavoidable to become a "transparent person". Companies have so many ways to steal your personal information and most people rent to open their personal information on social media (I mean share real name, photos about daily life for example). It's unfair to charge all upon Facebook and put all our attention on a single company.

  • In Taiwan, the country where I come from, 97% of internet users have Facebook accounts. So Facebook has become very important during election campaigns. On 24th November, there was a local election in Taiwan. Before the election day, Taiwan official accused Beijing of seeking to sway voters by spreading

    In Taiwan, the country where I come from, 97% of internet users have Facebook accounts. So Facebook has become very important during election campaigns. On 24th November, there was a local election in Taiwan. Before the election day, Taiwan official accused Beijing of seeking to sway voters by spreading disinformation on social media, especially on Facebook, which is similar to how Russia interfered in American elections. I think this is the issue that Facebook has to solve since it is not only harming its reputation but also democracy in the world.

  • There should be more regulation on data privacy, not necessarily not being able to sell your data but personal rights on what you give them access to. The 60 minutes piece on Sunday will only add pressure on these large tech companies but in this case it seems like a political agenda just having Zuckerberg

    There should be more regulation on data privacy, not necessarily not being able to sell your data but personal rights on what you give them access to. The 60 minutes piece on Sunday will only add pressure on these large tech companies but in this case it seems like a political agenda just having Zuckerberg show up. If he were to show up to every country, leader or company that summoned him, he wouldn't be able to run his company.

  • In the terms of service agreement i once printed and read all 32 pages of fine print, it said this: this is fbs site, we own everything you post, we can use it however you want and we'll make you come to palo alto if you sue us. They sell information people. We are Facebook commodities. Never sued them

    In the terms of service agreement i once printed and read all 32 pages of fine print, it said this: this is fbs site, we own everything you post, we can use it however you want and we'll make you come to palo alto if you sue us. They sell information people. We are Facebook commodities. Never sued them but did get legislation passed in Virginia 2013 session.

  • I definitely believe Zuckerberg’s decision to not attend the hearing makes him look bad. Even if he would just have gone and given very general answers, I still think it gives a better look than not attending whatsoever. I am curious of what repercussions Zuckerberg could face if he is found of misconduct.

  • Fake news and user information leakage are huge problems in today’s information society. This is not only a crisis of personal privacy leakage, but also effects national politics. I think that as a technology company(they insisted on denying that they are media company), Facebook should take a positive

    Fake news and user information leakage are huge problems in today’s information society. This is not only a crisis of personal privacy leakage, but also effects national politics. I think that as a technology company(they insisted on denying that they are media company), Facebook should take a positive attitude to cooperate with the investigation and respond to the questions raised by the five nations. In the case of having such a huge user base, it is more important to take the corresponding responsibility. If Facebook continues to experience similar situations and continues to respond negatively, then it is very easy to loose the trust of the users in their company, then the company future will be in jeopardy.

  • Many countries sees Facebook as a threat to the privacy of its citizens, but they can not take responsibility away and just force all the dangers to Facebook. Facebook does need to be responsible for the customer security, it should be more transparent to individuals and the customer data should keep

    Many countries sees Facebook as a threat to the privacy of its citizens, but they can not take responsibility away and just force all the dangers to Facebook. Facebook does need to be responsible for the customer security, it should be more transparent to individuals and the customer data should keep reasonably secured. So Facebook needs to significantly change their practice and business model to recollect trust and confidence of integrity.

  • Facebook has been under fire a lot recently and each time, we see no real change. With that being said, so much of what people look to in their social media is freedom. By limited social media content, even in the context of elections, it can become a slippery slope to limited social media in other ways

    Facebook has been under fire a lot recently and each time, we see no real change. With that being said, so much of what people look to in their social media is freedom. By limited social media content, even in the context of elections, it can become a slippery slope to limited social media in other ways. Coming up with a set of standards sounds like an attractive option. However, the likelihood of that coming to fruition is very low. People need to gain a keener eye and either take social media for what it is or completely use the platform differently.

  • I do not think Mark Zuckerberg should feel that Facebook’s data misuse trial is closed. The fact that 5 other nations are determined to conduct another hearing says a lot.

    There was a lot of disinformation/misinformation disseminating through all users’ news feed. This data misuse resulted in political

    I do not think Mark Zuckerberg should feel that Facebook’s data misuse trial is closed. The fact that 5 other nations are determined to conduct another hearing says a lot.

    There was a lot of disinformation/misinformation disseminating through all users’ news feed. This data misuse resulted in political targeting campaigns that produced mass amounts of propaganda across several countries.

    Since so many countries are at stake, it only makes sense that Zuckerberg be held accountable. Having a multinational social media outlet means that there are a multitude of rules and guidelines, by country, that the CEO must abide by. If there are any violations, then the appropriate ramifications must be sought out.

  • Until anything comes to fruition regarding Facebook and their data and privacy violations, these stories will continue to just be fabrications of people’s imaginations. Truthfully, all users including I signed away our rights as soon as we accepted their terms and conditions.

  • The Facebook’s data misuse issue has been talked over a long time. There is not a final result or solution has come out yet. People do worries about the problem and keep putting a lot pressure on Zuckerberg.

    However I think it is really not possible for Zuckerberg to attend every conference that they

    The Facebook’s data misuse issue has been talked over a long time. There is not a final result or solution has come out yet. People do worries about the problem and keep putting a lot pressure on Zuckerberg.

    However I think it is really not possible for Zuckerberg to attend every conference that they hold. I think the pressure should be not on Zuckerberg himself because it won’t help the problem solving. None institutions will be safe all the time and this article seems like to agree to blame all the issues to the platform,which I think makes none sense l.

  • While I do agree that it would be very beneficial to have a set of regulations surrounding privacy on Facebook and other social media platforms, I am not sure that it is something that can be attained. Many are attracted to social media for the freedom of speech and to express their opinions. To regulate

    While I do agree that it would be very beneficial to have a set of regulations surrounding privacy on Facebook and other social media platforms, I am not sure that it is something that can be attained. Many are attracted to social media for the freedom of speech and to express their opinions. To regulate this would be very difficult. Most users understand when they sign up that all of their data is no longer private. Although unfortunate, many people accept this in return to being able to use the platforms.

  • It always amazed me that people shared so mugh information with social media sites and expected the companies to not use the information to their benefit. That being said, I believe that Facebook, being a private platform has some responsibility for what is posted and uploaded to their different venues

    It always amazed me that people shared so mugh information with social media sites and expected the companies to not use the information to their benefit. That being said, I believe that Facebook, being a private platform has some responsibility for what is posted and uploaded to their different venues. However, people need to second guess as lot of what they read nowadays and be more cognizant of the information they use and put out into the public arena.

  • His feet need to be kept in the fire