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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Testify Before Congress

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly decided to testify before Congress, according to a new report on Tuesday. Sources at Facebook told CNNMoney that Zuckerberg has “come to terms” with the fact that he will need to testify within a few weeks. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, there has been intense […]
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Mark Zuckerberg will appear before Congress to address Cambridge Analytica scandal

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Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to a CNN report. The committee is seeking more information concerning Facebook’s dealings with the data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica, which was suspended from the platform for inappropriate data collection earlier this month. Zuckerberg apologized for Facebook’s handling of the issue in a CNN interview last week, calling it “a major breach of trust.”

Zuckerberg has declined to appear before a UK parliamentary committee undertaking a similar investigation.

Facebook is facing mounting pressure over Cambridge Analytica’s behavior, spurred by public accusations from former research director Christopher Wylie. The new allegations center on a Facebook…

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Congress is giving NASA more money than it requested to build a second launch platform

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<em>The mobile launcher under construction at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.</em>

Today, Trump signed into law a massive $ 1.3 trillion spending bill that will fund the federal government through the rest of fiscal year 2018, and the deal is quite generous to NASA. Practically all of NASA’s programs get a funding boost, and the space agency even gets money that it didn’t ask for — notably, the funds needed to build a second launch platform for its next big rocket.

The spending bill gives NASA an extra $ 350 million in 2018 to make the structure, which will be used for future launches of the Space Launch System. That’s the deep space vehicle the agency has been developing for the last decade. A mobile launch platform is key for the SLS since the structure will transport the rocket to its launch site at Kennedy Space…

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Apple-supported CLOUD Act passes Congress, will change how governments share data

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The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act, a piece of legislation that would change international rules about sharing of data among governments, passed Congress Thursday, as part of the omnibus spending bill, and the president signed it into law.
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Calls for Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress are getting louder

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent Zuckerberg a formal letter Friday asking for testimony “in the near future.”

Mark Zuckerberg said this week that he’d be “open to” testifying before members of Congress on the company’s latest privacy scandal involving Cambridge Analytica.

Congress really really wants that to happen.

Top lawmakers at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has subcommittees focused on communication and technology and consumer protection, sent a formal letter to Zuckerberg on Friday asking him to appear on Capitol Hill “in the near future.”

“In comments to the press, you stated that the person with the most knowledge at Facebook about what Congress is trying to learn is the most appropriate witness for a congressional hearing,” the letter, which is signed by six members of Congress, read. “As the Chief Executive Officer of Facebook and the employee who has been the leader of Facebook through all the key strategic decisions since its launch, you are the right person to testify before Congress about those decisions and the Facebook business model.”

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the company received the letter and is reviewing it.

The call to testify caps what has been a busy week for Facebook. It was learned late last Friday that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that worked with Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, gained access to the personal data of roughly 50 million users without their permission.

Facebook spent the week trying to explain what happened, and Zuckerberg finally did a press tour Wednesday apologizing and trying to smooth over concerns that the social network can no longer be trusted.

In an interview with Recode, Zuckerberg said he was open to testifying before Congress on the matter “if I’m the right [person].”

Numerous politicians in both the U.S. and U.K. have called on Zuckerberg to testify about the company’s data practices.

Most recently, when Facebook was summoned to Capitol Hill to explain how Russian sources used the social network to try and influence public opinion ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign, Facebook sent its top lawyer to the hearing, not Zuckerberg.

The big concern for Facebook investors is that Congress will impart stricter regulations on the social giant. Facebook has built a big business by employing personal data in order to target users with advertisements. Any restriction on collecting, storing or using that data could hurt Facebook’s business.

In an interview with Wired this week, Zuckerberg said it was more a matter of when, not if. “The question isn’t, ‘Should there be regulation or shouldn’t there be?’ he said. “It’s ‘How do you do it?’” Facebook is open to regulation, it just wants to ensure that any new rules are administered industry-wide and not targeting the social giant exclusively.

Public testimonies and potential regulations are not the only possible punishments for Facebook. Lawsuits from shareholders and Facebook users have also been filed.

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Mark Zuckerberg says he’s ‘open’ to testifying to Congress, fixes will cost ‘many millions’ and he ‘feels really bad’

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In a wide-ranging interview, the Facebook CEO admitted that the social networking giant may have made mistakes in opening up its network so much a decade ago.

While not definitively saying yes, Mark Zuckerberg says he’s “open” to testifying before members of Congress regarding Facebook’s recent privacy scandal involving Cambridge Analytica. The data firm, which worked for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign before the 2016 election, is now embroiled in an ongoing controversy about how it collected user data from the social networking giant without user consent.

In a wide-ranging interview with Recode this afternoon, the Facebook CEO and co-founder said that he would appear before legislators if he was the “right’ one inside the company to give lawmakers information about what happened.

“I’m open to doing that,” he said when asked if he’d testify. “We actually do this fairly regularly … There are lots of different topics that Congress needs and wants to know about, and the way that we approach it is that our responsibility is to make sure that they have access to all of the information that they need to have.”

“So I’m open to doing it if I’m the right [person],” he added. (Note to Mark: You are the right and only person to speak for Facebook at this point in the controversy.)

The worst-case scenario for Facebook would be increased data regulation, which could cripple Facebook’s advertising business that relies on collecting lots of data from its users. Facebook already lost roughly $ 50 billion in market cap this week alone.

Zuckerberg admitted multiple times throughout the 20-minute interview that Facebook had made major mistakes in the building of its social platform — going as far back as 2007 — that ultimately led to Cambridge Analytica’s ability to misuse the personal profile information of some 50 million users. Unlike in his statement posted to his Facebook page on Wednesday, Zuckerberg even apologized.

“We let the community down and I feel really bad and I’m sorry about that,” he said. Earlier, and in this interview, he had called the mistakes a “breach of trust” with its users.

It’s one that Facebook was clearly responsible for. Zuckerberg reflected on these faults in how Facebook was built in the first place, techniques which it also used to grow enormously. The original mistake, he said, was the decision to open Facebook’s data trove so broadly to third-party developers without proper monitoring, which began in 2007 and was turbocharged with his 2008 launch of single sign-on feature called Facebook Connect. The vision was that people would be able to bring their Facebook identity, as well as their friend network, with them into all of the other apps and services they used online.

That wasn’t what people actually wanted, Zuckerberg said he has now come to realize. “Frankly, I just think I got that wrong,” he said, a sentiment that most Silicon Valley moguls are loath to admit.

“There was this values tension playing out between the value of data portability — being able to take your data and some social data, the ability to create new experiences — on one hand, and privacy on the other hand,” he said. “I was maybe too idealistic on the side of data portability, that it would create more good experiences — and it created some — but I think what the clear feedback from our community was that people value privacy a lot more.”

He also regrets how the company handled the original revelation that Cambridge Analytica had collected Facebook user data back in 2015. At the time, the firm gave Facebook a written statement that any data it had collected was deleted, but now Zuckerberg said he wishes Facebook had actually done its own check to confirm that claim.

“At the time it didn’t seem like we needed to go further on that,” he said. “Given what we know now, we clearly should have followed up, and we’re never going to make that mistake again.”

But Zuckerberg did not give any details about why the company did not do those checks, or about why broader monitoring of third-party developers — who in some cases were given vast troves of user information — was so shoddy.

He said Facebook is now trying to go back and check who has user data, although it’s essentially an effort to put the genie back into the bottle. When asked if he could recover some of the data now, Zuckerberg admitted, “not always.”

To help fix what has been broken — Facebook’s famous former motto was “move fast and break things” — Zuckerberg announced earlier today that Facebook will start to investigate if other developers abused its policies in the same way Cambridge Analytica did.

That won’t be easy, Zuckerberg acknowledged.

“The data isn’t on our servers, so it would require us sending out forensic auditors to different apps,” he explained. “We do know all the apps that registered for Facebook, and all the people who were on Facebook who registered for those apps, and have a log of the different data requests that the developers made. So we can get a sense of — what are the reputable companies? What are companies that were doing unusual things?”

Facebook, he said, will try to flag suspect behavior for a deeper dive. “Anyone who either has a ton of data or was doing something unusual, we’re going to take the next step of having them go through an audit,” Zuckerberg said.

How big could the problem be? Pretty big, apparently. Zuckerberg estimated that this process will take months, cost “many millions of dollars,” and include at least basic analysis of the data collection from tens of thousands of apps.

“The conversation we were having internally on this is: Are there enough people who are trained auditors in the world to do the number of audits that we’re going to need quickly?” he said.

Still, in keeping with Facebook’s — and his own — values of trying to remain a neutral platform in an increasingly fractured world, Zuckerberg also reiterated his concern about having too much of his own personal ideology influencing Facebook’s rules and regulations.

“A lot of the most sensitive issues that we face today are conflicts between real values, right? Freedom of speech, and hate speech and offensive content. Where is the line?” he said, sounding more like an ethics student than the billionaire CEO of one of the world’s most valuable and influential companies.

“What I would really like to do is find a way to get our policies set in a way that reflects the values of the community, so I am not the one making those decisions,” Zuckerberg said. “I feel fundamentally uncomfortable sitting here in California in an office making content policy decisions for people around the world.”

“[The] thing is like, ‘Where’s the line on hate speech?’ I mean, who chose me to be the person that did that?,” Zuckerberg said. “I guess I have to, because of [where we are] now, but I’d rather not.”

Now, of course, he might have to.

(Note: Recode will post the entire transcript as soon as it is ready.)


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Facebook plans to brief Congress on the Cambridge Analytica scandal

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Facebook is obviously in some very hot water in regards to Cambridge Analytica's use of its users' data. US Congress, the UK Parliament and even the FTC are looking for answers and Facebook is now agreeing to answer them. A company spokesperson has t…
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Congress wants answers from Facebook about Cambridge Analytica

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You knew it was just a matter of time before Congress joined those investigating Facebook's data sharing debacle, even if it's only in a tentative way. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg asking him to explain how Cambridge…
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GSMA Outlines New Developments for Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018

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On Friday, MMW was briefed on what’s new with the GSMA, as the organization highlighted in a statement to media new developments for the 2018 GSMA Mobile World Congress Shanghai, including the first confirmed conference speakers, and co-located events, as well as new exhibitors, partners and sponsors.

Mobile World Congress Shanghai will take place June 27-29 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

“Across the show, attendees will have the opportunity to experience how mobile innovations are impacting their daily lives, now and into the future,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Mobile World Congress Shanghai will showcase the latest and greatest in technology, from 5G to AR/VR to the Internet of Things and beyond.”

Held over three days in Hall N5 of the SNIEC, the Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference programme features four keynote sessions, as well as seven focused summits exploring topics including 5G, artificial intelligence, the latest developments in devices, the future of vehicles and the Internet of Things (IoT), among others.

The first confirmed keynote speakers for Mobile World Congress Shanghai include:

  • Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises and Chairman, GSMA
  • Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
  • Yu Hu, Co-founder and Rotating President, IFlytek
  • Aamir Ibrahim, Head of Emerging Market, VEON and CEO, Jazz
  • Forrest Li, Chairman and CEO, SEA Group
  • Xu Li, CEO, SenseTime
  • David Lynn, President and CEO, Viacom International Media Networks

To learn more, check out the full media release here.

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