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Key points of Mark Zuckerberg’s statement to the US Senate

Francisco Saravia



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.

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Facebook will face class action lawsuit for facial recognition technology

Francisco Saravia



A judge in California has given the green light to a class action lawsuit against Facebook as a result of facial recognition and automatic tagging that occurs when photos are uploaded to the platform.

This case has been disputed for years and began with a group of Facebook users in Illinois who, covered by a unique state law called Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), sued the social network because of the facial scanning system that recognizes faces of users in photographs, even without their consent.

Finally, and after years (the dispute dates from 2015), federal judge James Donato gave his verdict: “The court certifies that there is a group of users for whom Facebook created a digital mold of their faces after June 7, 2011 “, says the resolution (via Reuters).

And now? This seems only the beginning and now the demand has to follow its course. The verdict of the judge, giving the green light to the lawsuit, will also reactivate the case and both the plaintiffs and Facebook will have to prepare for what could last for a long time.

From Facebook at least ensure that the demand has no reason to be and that they will defend themselves with everything they have.

Although of course, Facebook does not seem to be on the best foot these days and less if it is to discuss the privacy of people and data as unique as his name, his friends, where he has been or what makes his face so special as to recognize it.

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Illinois lawmakers to vote on local net neutrality



Illinois lawmakers are in the process of creating their own set of net neutrality standards similar to the ones rolled back by the Trump Administration.

State Rep. Ann Williams’ bill that awaits a House vote after being approved by the House Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, & IT Committee wouldn’t regulate an internet service provider, or ISP, in the way that net neutrality did. Instead, it will hold state contracts with those companies contingent on whether they abide by the now-rolled back Obama-era requirements that treat their service similar to public utilities.

In committee, Williams, D-Chicago, said companies don’t currently throttle their service or engage in other anti-consumer practices, but she says this would force them not to in the future if they wanted state business.

“There’s no action if you maintain the status quo,” she said. “We can and frequently do hold companies to that higher standard.”

Thirty-three other states have considered similar laws.

Republican lawmakers questioned the effort to subvert President Donald Trump’s FCC, saying the rule changes in 2017 specifically prohibit states from implementing their own rules for ISPs.

“This is making more regulation that doesn’t adhere to any other state’s regulations and will become complicated and cumbersome for everybody,” said Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, who also owns an IT firm.

Industry representatives warned that any attempt by the state to regulate the internet would be challenged in court.

“Attempts by individual states to pass disparate legislation would result in a patchwork of possibly inconsistent state laws that would be virtually impossible to implement,” said Randy Nehrt, president of the Illinois Telecommunications Association, adding that an ISP would be hurting its customer base by reducing bandwidth on popular products.

Twenty-two attorneys general, including Lisa Madigan, have sued to reinstate net neutrality.

The bill also would require ISPs to disclose their practices on their website. Any breach of the potential law would allow the attorney general to go after the company in an Illinois circuit court.

Article by Cole Lauterbach of the Illinois News Network, for more INN News visit

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Electric Vehicle Charging Station – Springfield Illinois

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It has arrived, Springfield now has an Electric Vehicle Charging Station located in the parking lot of Hy-Vee

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