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#1 » Posted by Etc » April 10th, 2018, 2:28 am

The ongoing Facebook saga: Its all about privacy concerns, foreign manipulation, fake news and propaganda, biases and more -- the possibility that Mr. Zuckerberg, the 33-year-old billionaire and founder and Chief Executive of Facebook, the largest global social network with over 2 billion users, will be taken to task on Capitol Hill has created intense global interest and a media brouhaha. What is going on? Are you involved? Must you be concerned? What do you need to know?

The following are the major issues Facebook and its founder, Mr. Zuckerberg could be questioned on, based on an MSN report.

Meanwhile, Mark has posted testimony online where he apologizes for Facebook’s role in false news, data privacy leaks and foreign interference in elections, as his company announced that it would form an independent commission of academic researchers to study social media’s impact on elections. Here is the link to the testimony.

Facebook, the company Mr. Zuckerberg built into a global behemoth, with more than two billion users, now faces the most intense scrutiny of its 14-year history. Here are the major issues he is likely to be asked to address:

The New York Times, The Observer and The Guardian reported last month that Facebook data, including private information, of more than 50 million users had been given without their permission to a company, Cambridge Analytica, that had consulted for Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and for other political candidates. Since then, Facebook has updated that number, saying that as many as 87 million people may have been affected by the misuse of data. The social network also acknowledged additional security weaknesses, including one that it said may have allowed “malicious actors” to collect the public profile information on “most people.” Mr. Zuckerberg’s main task may be to persuade members of Congress and millions of Facebook users that their information will be safe on the platform.

F.T.C. Investigation
The committees are likely to ask about a consent decree Facebook signed with the Federal Trade Commission in 2011, which said it had “deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public.” The F.T.C. is now investigating whether the company violated the decree, which could make it vulnerable to fines that, under the regulations, could reach an astronomical sum: up to $41,484 for each of the millions of users whose data went to Cambridge Analytica. Facebook denies that it has violated the 2011 decree.

Russian chicanery
Facebook has taken heat for months for its slow response to Russia’s hijacking of its platform to influence the 2016 presidential election. Russian military intelligence created profiles of fake Americans to promote emails stolen from Democrats by Russian hackers, and a so-called troll factory in St. Petersburg created pages to denigrate Hillary Clinton, promote Mr. Trump and post inflammatory messages on immigration, race, guns and other topics. It took Facebook until September 2017, 10 months after the election, to go public with its first findings on the Russian meddling, which it says appeared in the news feeds of 126 million customers — equal to nearly half the adult population of the United States.

Fake news
Mr. Zuckerberg got off to a clumsy start when, two days after the election, he said it was “pretty crazy” to believe that the “small amount” of false news spread on Facebook might have influenced the outcome. Since then, the company has taken a number of steps to increase the reliability of information on its platform, though the moves have garnered mixed reviews. The underlying problem, studies show, is that false, sensational stories spread faster through social media than factual stories do.

Political bias and polarization
Republicans may question Mr. Zuckerberg about reports in 2016 from former Facebook employees that they had routinely suppressed articles from conservative publications. But a larger body of research suggests that Facebook, as well as other social media, tend to reinforce and intensify existing political views by creating an echo chamber of friends and like-minded users. Facebook has published its own research pushing back on that conclusion.

Radicalization and violence
Like other social networks, Facebook has at times come under fire for failing to remove jihadist propaganda in a timely manner, an accusation raised again last week by the Counter Extremism Project, an advocacy organization. In hot spots around the world, Facebook has been blamed for helping extremists spread ethnic hatred and provoke violence. Last week, Mr. Zuckerberg asserted that Facebook had moved quickly to block on Facebook Messenger a pair of chain letters blamed for sparking violence in Myanmar last year. Activists objected, saying the material had spread for days before Facebook acted.

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#2 » Posted by Hotsaint from NIGERIA » April 10th, 2018, 6:10 am

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#3 » Posted by Drealup from Uyo » April 10th, 2018, 7:58 pm

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#4 » Posted by bomboy » April 12th, 2018, 5:27 am

Drealup wrote:Hmm ... Thats not our roblem in nigeria
Hotsaint wrote:them problem

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#5 » Posted by Horsfall George from Port-Harcourt » April 14th, 2018, 7:27 am

bomboy wrote:
Drealup wrote:Hmm ... Thats not our roblem in nigeria
Hotsaint wrote:them problem

Don't you guys use fb? If you think the outcome doesn't affect you, just wait and see. You don't f*kin know what that small boy called zuck is doing with your damn ugly photos. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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