On Tuesday, among those who questioned him was Illinois Democratic Sen.
Amy Goodman is the host of "Democracy Now!", a daily worldwide TV/radio news hour airing on more than 1,400 stations.
Opening the session, the House panel's chairman, Representative Greg Walden, Republican of OR, called Facebook an "American success story". The more I continued to read about it, the more I believed I had to be missing something because I couldn't find anything to be outraged about. I think Facebook is doing the correct thing.
David Vladeck, a Georgetown University law professor who headed the FTC's bureau of consumer protection when Facebook signed the deal, said in a blog post this month that Facebook's argument that it didn't violate the deal are "far-fetched". A social media network, like Facebook, needs to have access to users' browsing behaviour to enhance their timeline experience.
"We've got to fix that", the congressman grilling Zuckerberg said. "This is essentially a tool for these malicious actors to steal a person's identity and put the finishing touches on it".
The question is: how can Mark Zuckerberg create value for an ad-free Facebook in order to survive without advertising?
Throughout the hearing, Zuckerberg's demeanor vacillated between calm and frustrated as lawmakers challenged the 33-year-old billionaire on a host of issues.
The company said it would review all legitimate reports and respond as quickly as possible when a credible threat to user data is identified. So I wasn't too surprised when the social media company said I likely was not among the more than 87 million users whose data were swept up by Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm connected to Donald Trump and possibly Russia's interference in our 2016 election.
"The creepy hollowness of Mark Zuckerberg's eyes haunts me".
In one of the toughest exchanges on Wednesday, Representative Anna Eshoo, Democrat of California - who represents a slice of Silicon Valley - repeatedly needled Zuckerberg for failing to explain its data collection practices to users in "clear and pedestrian language". Other information comes from "cookies", small files stored via a browser and used by Facebook and others to track people on the internet, sometimes to target them with ads. Lujan asked if these are what is known as "shadow profiles", but Zuckerberg said he is "not familiar" with that term. One of the big changes includes giving users more control on what apps are accessing their personal data and making it easier to revoke them, if they prefer to do so. Any data you post online - regardless of privacy settings - or any data collected by third parties with whom you have an agreed-upon business relationship, is not private, yet many willingly stream data and images to their "network". "This means that you recently logged in to them using Facebook, and they can request information you've chosen to share with them", says the social media company. Facebook right now operates as take or leave it. Users of Facebook give the company broad permission to collect whatever information the operators of Facebook want for whatever reasons they have.
Facebook isn't exactly overt about this, but it doesn't hide the fact either.