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Facebook to stop spending against California privacy effort

Facebook to stop spending against California privacy effort

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that his own personal data was sold to third parties during the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica face multiple lawsuits over alleged misuse of personal information with at least five law firms in the United Kingdom and U.S. investigating claims for compensation.

Zuckerberg said that Facebook allows people to decide whether and how they want their information shared. Depending on your privacy settings, this information could potentially go out to millions of strangers and other users.

Facebook has blamed a company co-founded by Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan for improperly collecting data on up to 87 million people around the world, including 311,127 Australians.

Zuckerberg has apologised for his company's role in the data scandal saying: "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake".

At Wednesday's hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Facebook CEO confirmed the company collects information on nonusers. Unfortunately, this is only possible if you have a Facebook account.

One of the most hard situations for Zuckerberg was when he was asked about his own privacy on the first day of hearing.

When my colleague Sara Ashley O'Brien downloaded her 14-year Facebook history, she found that Facebook had access to a litany of details from her past, including the phone number of her late grandmother, who never used Facebook, and conversations with an ex whom she had unfriended.

Zuckerberg replied, "No, Congressman".




The issues of data privacy and control dominated the session, which was more focused and antagonistic than a Senate hearing the day before.

Mark Zuckerberg survived his first grilling by Congress.

So, how can a non-Facebook user opt-out of the data collection? Facebook officials posted on social media that drug sales now "are strictly prohibited on Facebook".

Criticism about how Facebook handled smartphone device data followed, with concerns that its mobile apps had a disturbing eagerness to upload all of a user's contacts - not to mention tapping into their messaging - to the cloud.

At a different point in the hearing, he said: "In general, we collect data of people who have not signed up for Facebook for security purposes".

While Zuckerberg said he couldn't comment on why the duo's content had been flagged, the pair have become a favorite among Trump and his supporters because they regularly take aim at the president's critics (by attacking things like the Black Lives Matter movement, the Obamas, and immigration reform), while endorsing his policies - even those that cause harm to communities of color.

Last week, Mr Zuckerberg threw his support behind proposed legislation, known as the Honest Ads Act that would require social media sites to disclose the identities of buyers of online political campaign ads, but on Tuesday, would not agree to speak out further on behalf of the Honest Ads Act.

During the hearing, Facebook shares made a noticeable jump, gaining 4.5 percent, adding $20 billion to its market cap - the biggest daily gain in almost two years.

"It is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation" of internet firms, Zuckerberg said, but he avoided any specifics.