Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, told the US Senate about the data leak from the social network and its relationship with third-party app developers including data companies like Cambridge Analytica.
Zuckerberg has not had the best weeks of his life lately. After the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the filtering of data from the platform; It is very likely that he has not slept a whole lot while on his trip to Washington.
Lawmakers called on the CEO to explain himself, ask questions about his company operations, and shed some light to the rumors that have been swirling around the internet regarding their data practices. Normally he speaks to the public, as himself, through his social network. Engaging his followers in the comments, answering some questions and dodging most. But this time was different. This time he was on the hot seat. Answering questions from people who could potentially dictate how the multi-billion dollar communications company operates in the future. If you didn’t know what you were watching, it seemed like Mr. Zuckerberg was on trial!
Thursday morning a major fall in shares of Facebook was reported, but after Mark Zuckerberg faced the questions of the Senate the shares recovered with an increase of almost 3%; reflecting a good response from investors. So after ten hours of testimony, the CEO of Facebook gained almost 3 billion dollars because he has more than 401 million shares of the most popular social network in the world. It is mentioned that in total, Facebook shares have gained 4.5% since the start of operations on Tuesday morning after his first statements
These are some key points from the hearings:
Mark Zuckerberg before the US Congress
The first sensation left yesterday by Zuckerberg’s statement; it’s that he does not know things. Many of these things being paramount for the functioning of Facebook. Or at least that’s what he said. “Senator, I do not have that information.” “I do not know,” were phrases with which we became familiar as the hours of this meeting passed.
Perhaps in this area one of the most remarkable things is when Zuckerberg said not to know if Facebook follows you “spying” even when you close your web session. That is, if you know everything you do on the Internet. And well … it seems to me that users in general know more about this than he does himself.
The statement began with a robotic speech and clearly memorized; to the point of asking us his Mark had sent his protocol robot to supply it in such an uncomfortable moment.
“It was my mistake, and I’m sorry, I started Facebook, I run it, I’m responsible for what happens here,” said the CEO of the most powerful social network in the world. But that was not news either, since he had already apologized during the scandal; maybe just at the moment he felt between the sword and the wall.
Something else: Mark confirmed that Cambridge Analytica may not be the only company that took advantage of user data. In fact, they are investigating others, although he did not delve into names. And speaking of CA; it’s been confirmed that they knew in 2015 about this data leak, although he assured that they faced the company and they told them that the data had not only not been used; but they had been eliminated completely. It was a lie and Zuckerberg said he was sorry he believed the company’s word.
Facebook and advertising
An important issue that for years has been on everyone’s mind was also touched: Does the social network listen to the users with the microphone of their cell phone to focus on advertising? Mark rejected this theory (once again, it is not the first) with a resounding NO. Are you sure, Mark? We have all seen it, we have all felt it. But it seems that this will remain an urban legend without confirmation for a while longer.
On the other hand; one of the senators told Zuckerberg that when he speaks, for example, of chocolate with his friends; start to see this advertising on Facebook. He asked if there will be a way to pay (with money) for advertising to stop harassing him. Zuckerberg said no. You can run away, but do not hide from the ads on Facebook.
One of the most iconic moments of the afternoon was when a senator asks how the CEO of Facebook does to support a company that provides free services. “Senator, we run ads.” You can see that magical moment of Zuckerdroid above. Here something was clear: Facebook is not free, you pay being a target for advertising. But, come on, we already knew that.
Is Facebook a monopoly?
Mark was asked who are the competitors of Facebook. He talked about Google, of course. Also from Amazon; even from Microsoft, but the senator stopped him. He wanted to know what his direct competence was; another social network that was like Facebook and did what they did. There is not. At this, Zuck was asked: “Will not you have a monopoly?” He replied that he does not see it that way. Only that.
We know you do not read the terms and conditions … and Mark knows it too
Do you really read them? No. Almost nobody does it. And our friend Zuckdroid knows it and has no qualms about saying it.
“I am a lawyer and I do not understand what it means (with a thick stack of papers in your hand), do you think that ‘average’ people understand this?”, Referring to Facebook’s terms and conditions. “I do not think average people read it,” says Zuckerberg. It’s that simple and so successful. But there is a problem: even if they try to read it, they probably do not understand it; It is not a light or friendly reading.
These were just some of the high points of Mark Zuckerberg’s statement yesterday; but the story continues. Stay tuned for more on this story through the coming weeks.
Motorola patents an autonomous car that can arrest you
We bring you a peculiar case. Of those that make you wonder why someone would be interested in inventing this kind of thing. It is an autonomous car patented by Motorola, which would be able to arrest its passengers.
The description might sound absurd. But, according to public patent records, discovered by JWZ colleagues; we find ourselves with an autonomous patrol vehicle for the police. Which can analyze the detainees in it.
It is well thought of and strange. But technically the autonomous car would work like this:
The suspect is arrested and put into the police car.
There the intelligent equipment of the vehicle is used.
A quick breathalyzer test is applied to the devices themselves.
A screen reads your rights to the detainee.
A smart assistant allows you to contact your lawyer.
You can even link a video conference with your defender
You can make online payment of fines and penalties to release the detainee.
And as appropriate, the autonomous car can only drive itself. To take the prisoner to jail, his house, the police station; or where appropriate.
In effect, this smart patrol does practically all the work of a policeman. And that may sound very attractive to the authorities.
However, it remains a mere patent. And it may be years before we see this toy in
This IBM drone can bring you coffee when you need it
Can you imagine a world where, without having to ask for it, a drone brings you coffee? IBM takes you into account.
It happens that the giant technology company has patented the idea of a drone with quite fantastic capabilities.
This is the idea: you are in the office, pass the coffee drone and through a gesture with your hand or with an application, you have it bring you a coffee. Up there all fantastic and quite futuristic Right?
But IBM wants to go further because they describe a system with the help of biometric sensors and cameras to “perceive if someone is in a premeditated cognitive state of requiring coffee.”
In simple words, the drone will know if you need a good cup of coffee and will bring it to you if you estimate it within its parameters.
According to Investopedia, IBM has said it can serve in factories or offices to keep its employees alert.
But there is a problem, the coffee would be boiling and the oscillations of a drone could spill the precious liquid. IBM thought about that and the patent describes an entire anti-spill system with plastic bags.
When will it happen? Maybe soon, maybe never. According to the same source, IBM is the company that introduces patents the most, so it can be crazy and nothing more.
Did you use this app on Facebook? Maybe your data was stolen
Again? Yes again; although we talked about something that could have happened simultaneously with the “robbery” of Cambridge Analytica. Ime Archibong; who is the product vice president of Facebook; reported that the social network had to remove the application “MyPersonality”.
This app assured to tell you what your true personality was. As well as many on Facebook, well. But at the same time, your data was being stolen.
Facebook says goodbye to “MyPersonality”
The application in question was active since 2012 and was used by around four million users around the world. This is what Archibong said:
It is clear that they shared personal information with researchers and other companies that limitedly protected users’ data
Facebook will get in touch with those people who might have been affected; so if you used the app, stay tuned. Although there is a big difference with the Cambrigde Analytica case: this time they only stole the data of the person who accessed the app and not their friends as well.
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