Zuckerberg faces EU Parliament grilling

23 May, 2018, 10:37 | Author: Billie Castillo
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By design, though, Zuckerberg answered all of lawmakers' questions at once at the end of the hearing.

Zuckerberg said Facebook has developed a series of features, including artificial intelligence tools, to tackle the problem.

"Whether it's fake news, foreign interference in elections or developers misusing people's information, we didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibilities". "That was a mistake and I am sorry for it", he said.

Zuckerberg was grilled by lawmakers on Capitol Hill over the Cambridge Analytica scandal last month.

He spoke for over half an hour in total, mostly repeating assurances and descriptions of Facebook plans that he detailed to United States lawmakers during 10 hours of hearings in Washington last month.

In Brussels, much of the discussion centered on the potential impact of social media and privacy worries on Europe's elections that are slated for next year.

In a follow-up press conference, Mr Tajani added that the MEPs had been aware Mr Zuckerberg's time was limited yet had made a decision to use up much of the allotted period speaking themselves.

"But if you're not a Facebook user, how do you stop that data being transferred?"

In his opening remarks before leaders of the European Parliament's political parties, Zuckerberg said it was clear that Facebook needs to do more to protect its users from those who wish to do them harm.

As the session drew to a close, Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament, was forced to contend with MEPs who were angry that Zuckerberg had not been pressed to answer numerous questions put to him. He then faced a bigger group of lawmakers, known as the conference of presidents, to answer their questions. Up to 2.7 million of those Facebook users were based in the EU. But many others were also passed by, including anti-trust questions and queries about how the company treats its users. "He responded to our offer of a meeting", he said.

He noted that the meeting had run over and promised to send written answers to "a lot of specific questions that I didn't get around to answer".

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"Would you accept that today Facebook is not a platform for all ideas that is operated impartially?" asked Farage.

"We do expect to be fully compliant on May 25, so in three days", Zuckerberg said.

The Facebook CEO was in Brussels, the seat of the European Union's government, to answer for privacy and data lapses brought to light from the Cambridge Analytica debacle. He also asked how Facebook commercializes that data.

After an hour, with only a few minutes of the hearing scheduled to remain, Zuckerberg was finally asked if he would like to respond to all the questions in one go.

Verhofstadt also reminded Zuckerberg that Facebook had already apologized for mistakes "15 or 16 times the last decade".

"Are you capable to fix it?"

"Some sort of regulation is important and inevitable", he said. He then moved on to equally pointed questions.

According to Paul Bernal, senior lecturer in IT and media law at the University of East Anglia, the tone and trajectory of this entire political and social fiasco could come to a serious head for Zuckerberg.

"That is a question that you have to put to yourself".

Facebook is under close examination, but maybe so too should be the way politicians question these incredibly powerful figures. The new General Data Protection Regulation taking effect this week governs how internet companies can collect personal data, with all users needing to be informed about practices and to give permission for their data to be shared.

There was no mention of Diamond and Silk, aka Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, the pro-Trump personalities discussed in the USA hearings after becoming a cause célèbre among US conservatives who claimed the duo were being censored on Facebook.



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