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Zuckerberg's answers to the US Congress: the most important moments of the testimony

Zuckerberg's responses to the US Congress for his testimony were often excuses, many times generic, but some caused great fanfare. Here are the main steps of Zuckerberg's testimony lasting 5 hours.

Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before the American Congress lasted 5 hours, so many questions, some of them basic on the functioning of Facebook, others that they raised great uproar.

Because Zuckerberg testified at the American Congress

The social network accused of using its users' personal data: the last case concerns the leak of information from the British agency Cambridge Analytica, but in the past Facebook was involved in unclear operations concerning the American elections and other events politiciansThat is why the United States Congress has decided to convene Zuckerberg for a testimony.

Zuckerberg's answers to the US Congress

Zuckerberg in the US Congress especially apologized

In front of a committee composed mainly of politicians who are getting older (some of them were even clearly in difficulty in pronouncing the word Facebook, certainly showing they are not experts in the field), the inventor of Facebook has released summary answers and often apologies.

Here the complete testimony of Zuckerberg with the complete speech in Italian, while at this link you will find the video

Zuckerberg's answers to the US Congress

We are working on this problem and we plan to change our conduct was the reply standards that Mark Zuckerberg gave to his interlocutors in the first minutes of the hearing. In fact, the first issues concerned above all data sharing with companies that invest in Facebook.

Zuckerberg: Facebook for free, must accept advertising

Facebook for free and in order for it to remain like this we must accept to have advertising and give companies the opportunity to do advertising on our platform he replied a week ago we changed our advertising and data rules that apps and companies can extract from personal accounts. When you join Facebook, there is always the option of not sharing anything with anyone.

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Even if they are Russian trolls? was the direct and almost impertinent question of a senator who finally moved the waters after the first few minutes of the interrogation. We do our best to check the accounts, the former Harvard student replied.

Like Facebook it controls the companies that advertise

How do you control the companies that buy advertising on Facebook? he was then asked.

To this question Zuckerberg has again replied with a generic phrase, specifying that his company has always controlled every company that buys advertising on the platform and that in the future the selection will be even tougher.

Facebook a monopoly?

Do you think you exercise a monopoly? was one of the first questions that caused some jolts in the hall.No, I don't think so it was Zuckerberg's calm and almost sly reply.

Zuckerberg at the US Congress: continued apologies

Zuckerberg in his responses to Congress continued to apologize for not having banned Cambridge Analytica from collecting the data, but he continued to argue that each user agrees to share his information once he has registered with Facebook.

Online contracts are not read by ordinary people said Senator Blunt, who added: "I don't think you will ever change your business model unless there are laws that force you to do so."

In both cases Zuckerberg has only given a nod without saying a word.

Read alsoZuckerberg called to testify also in Europe, from Antonio Tajani to this LINK

Facebook and the problem of Hate Speech

What is the hate speech? Senator Coons asked in what seemed like a curious student's request when dealing with an important professor.

This is a very difficult question. I can't define it. And on the role of social media regarding the lives of teenagers, I understand the parents' concern, Zuckerberg concluded, not giving real answers, even if the questions were outside parliamentary interest.

Update – Facebook collects data even from non-registered people

In the second testimony to the American congress Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook also collects data on people not registered on the social network.

When users upload their own address book to Facebook, to search for example their friends, Facebook keeps this data as phone number and email, if it finds the same phone number or the same email in the address book of another user puts together the others any information related to these data, such as a photo of the person and thus also creates profiles of non-registered persons.

Coming soon to regulate Facebook

It seems certain that now the US Congress wants to pass new laws to regulate the functioning of Facebook and impose greater clarity on the use it makes of user data.

Andrea Indiano – USA