Stressing that there is an online propaganda "arms race" with Russian Federation and it was important to make sure no one interferes in any more elections including in India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that his own personal data was "improperly shared". "A lot of that depends on you".
CORNISH: So was it more of the same in terms of the style of questioning?
Zuckerberg says he doesn't think Facebook has a monopoly. Chairman Greg Walden, Oregon Republican, opened by nodding to Facebook's old motto. I scoff, because that's not Facebook's mission.
"I think it's time to ask if Facebook has moved too fast and broken too many things", Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) stated at the beginning of this morning's hearing.
Facebook has been reeling from its worst-ever privacy failure. At the bottom of the notification, in fine print, read: "A small number of people who logged into This Is Your Digital Life also shared their own news feed, timeline, posts and messages, which may have included posts and messages from you". In addition, they have information in their Facebook profile that may be a gold mine for identity thieves.
The lawmakers are also trying to determine whether the U.S. government needs to step in and regulate Facebook. Facebook's main product hasn't changed that much in recent years, so perhaps, like Zuckerberg, they're reminiscing about a time when the company was run out of a Harvard dorm room and the key feature was the "poke".
Over two days, Zuckerberg was grilled by dozens of lawmakers, answering almost a thousand questions about the handling of user information.
As Luján pointed out, non-members won't have signed a privacy consent form, nor would they know to delete data they weren't even aware was being collected. They will then send those questions to Facebook for answers with a deadline, a Facebook spokesperson told Observer. Listen to this exchange between Democrat Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico and Zuckerberg.
"I hear about all these people deleting their Facebook profiles and protesting", Trivisonno said.More news: Records tied to 'Access Hollywood' tapes sought in FBI's Michael Cohen raids
As I watched Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg go head-to-head with members of Congress, I couldn't help but have the same reaction I have when I get a pointless chain email from an elderly relative.
We also examine the issue raised by Mr Zuckerberg when he was asked whether he planned to sue either Dr Aleksandr Kogan or Cambridge University over the misuse of Facebook data.
SELYUKH: Well, we learned that even Zuckerberg could not escape the data grab. Zuckerberg unconvincingly replied, "It certainly doesn't feel like that to me".
The Centre, which is located in the Judge Business School, was drawn into the controversy when Facebook banned Cubeyou, another firm that had developed a personality quiz in collaboration with the university's academics. He gave no timeline.
But he stiffly defended Facebook's use of the data and postings of the 2.2 billion users of its free platform - in order to attract the ad revenue that the $480- billion company depends on.
CORNISH: Any indications what lawmakers might do next?
Congressman, I'm not, I'm not familiar with that."What's interesting is they made it extremely hard to take yourself out". Zuckerberg continued walking that line of sounding supportive of regulation in general.
Pressed about bias, Zuckerberg said that "Facebook and the tech industry are located in Silicon Valley, which is an extremely left-leaning place", but added that he is committed to "making sure that we do not have any bias".
CORNISH: That's NPR's Alina Selyukh.