3 important questions from Mark Zuckerberg's Senate hearing that Facebook still hasn't answered
The US Senate recently shared over 450 pages of Facebook's responses to questions from Senators, as the company attempted to address the numerous questions CEO Mark Zuckerberg was unable to answer during his April 10 testimony.The testimony focused on the role Facebook played in a number of scandals involving the improper handling of user data, particularly in the year leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Ads from Russian operatives that were able to target users based on their interests and beliefs littered Facebook feeds, and many users became aware that their data had been improperly obtained by data analytics company Cambridge Analytica after founder Christopher Wylie came forward to say his company had used it to try and sway the election.
The company came back two months later with these two densely packed documents. Upon going through them, some questions had more thorough responses than others, while a few seem to have gone under the radar completely. Facebook wasn't immediately available to comment on the latter.Here are 3 big questions from US senators that Facebook has yet to address:
What are all of the applications that Facebook has banned for transferring data in the past?
Is there any overlap between the 126 million Facebook users potentially exposed to content from Russian operatives via the Internet Research Agency and the 87 million users affected by Cambridge Analytica?
Is it possible that the data Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained and stored is in Russia?
Zuckerberg's second testimony took place in front of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on April 11. A number of unanswered questions came out of this one too, but Facebook hasn't shared responses to their questions just yet.
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