Tagged: Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg went all the way to Europe to not answer any real questions about Facebook

After showing up for two rounds of questioning in front of Congress back in April, and after refusing to appear in front of the UK Parliament to do the same thing, Mark Zuckerberg went to Europe to not answer any relevant questions about Facebook’s way of doing things.

Facebook did release the main statements Zuckerberg was supposed to make well before the event started. The event was also streamed online for everyone interested in how Facebook works, especially when it comes to privacy in light of the Cambridge Analytica breach and the imminent GDPR privacy protections.

Zuckerberg, however, failed to answer many questions posed by the MEPs, and Europeans Parliament members are angry. The problem with the whole thing was the format.

Some of the questions parliament members asked were pretty tough, and some of them were follow-ups to questions Zuckerberg had avoided in the US back in April. Most questioners had a better grasp of the issues too, as Gizmodo points out.

But somehow the format was chosen in such a manner that Zuckerberg came out a winner. Rather than have each Member of Parliament ask their own questions that Zuckerberg could answer, everyone asked the questions at the beginning. Yeah. That happened in a market where privacy regulations are about to become even tougher.

Gizmodo put together a concise list of the questions Zuckerberg didn’t manage to address; reading through all of them makes you realize just how much Zuckerberg had to dodge.

How to watch Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony at the European Parliament today

Mark Zuckerberg managed to navigate his two days in Congress relatively easily last month, but his testimony in front of the European Parliament on Tuesday might not go quite as smoothly. While senators and representatives appeared somewhat clueless in their Q&A sessions with the CEO, frequently opting not to push back when Zuckerberg failed to answer their questions, it seems unlikely that the EU parliament members will let him off the hook.

The discussion is scheduled to last from 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM Brussels time (12:15 PM to 1:30 PM ET). If you want to watch live, you can tune in on the official European Parliament website, visit the Reuters TV website, or download the Reuters TV app on a variety of devices, including iOS, Android, Roku, and Fire TV.

“I have personally discussed with Facebook CEO Mr Zuckerberg the possibilty of webstreaming meeting with him,” said President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani on Twitter. “I am glad to announce that he has accepted this new request. Great news for EU citizens. I thank him for the respect shown towards EP.”

According to a Politico article, the meeting will focus on the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which reportedly affected up to 2.7 million European citizens. That’s not an insubstantial figure, but only represents a fraction of the 87 million users who had their information collected by the political data firm over the years.

Other potential topics of discussion include the upcoming deadline for compliance with the EU’s GDPR regulations to help keep user data private, Facebook’s role in the Brexit vote, and how the company plans to keep its one billion plus users safe from misleading information and data thieves in the coming years.

Facebook’s latest privacy feature sounds too good to be true

Facebook’s F8 even could not have arrived at a better time for the company, as the Cambridge Analytica scandal is almost forgotten. Mark Zuckerberg announced a bunch of new features for Facebook and all its other products, while mildly addressing the elephant in the room. The Cambridge Analytica mess may be forgotten, but Facebook users probably — hopefully? — care about privacy more than ever.

Facebook did unveil a rather surprising feature to help you safeguard your privacy. And it sounds almost too good to be true.

Called Clear History the new Facebook will let you instruct Facebook’s servers to forget everything it collected about you from websites and apps. You’ll be able to see what websites and apps that sent Facebook data about you and prevent the company from associating it with your account. From the blog post, emphasis ours:

Today, we’re announcing plans to build Clear History. This feature will enable you to see the websites and apps that send us information when you use them, delete this information from your account, and turn off our ability to store it associated with your account going forward. Apps and websites that use features such as the Like button or Facebook Analytics send us information to make their content and ads better. We also use this information to make your experience on Facebook better.

Facebook will still store that information, but it won’t associate it with your account. What Facebook will do is to remove “remove identifying information so a history of the websites and apps you’ve used won’t be associated with your account.” It won’t stop collecting that data, however. We already know that Facebook is collecting data about users and non-users and that it’s not going to offer anyone the ability to opt out.

Clear History isn’t available just yet, and Facebook says it needs a few months to build it. The company will work with privacy advocates, academics, policymakers, and regulators on the matter.

On the surface, this looks like good news from Facebook. The company does acknowledge that it’s now clear users want better privacy. “The past several weeks have made clear that people want more information about how Facebook works and the controls they have over their information,” the company says.

But given that Facebook disappointed users more than once when it comes to privacy, we’ll just have to wait and see.

How to live stream Mark Zuckerberg’s F8 2018 keynote address

The last time we saw Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, he was answering questions before Congress about his company’s commitment to keeping private user data safe, the potential impact of the social network on the US election, and the Cambridge Analytica scandal that saw at least 87 million people have their data shared without their knowledge. And now the CEO will appear at Facebook’s F8 developer conference on Tuesday.

While the Congressional hearings are technically behind him, the fallout of the data breach isn’t going away any time soon. Zuckerberg has no choice but to address the incident to the developers who will be in attendance at the event in San Jose, California this week and the thousands of Facebook users who will stream from their homes.

But groveling for forgiveness will only be a portion of the keynote address, as Zuckerberg and his team have plenty of new products and updates to discuss as well. Oculus (which has dealt with its own controversies over the years) will make an appearance, with the new, wireless Oculus Go going up for preorder on Monday.

We’ll also hear more about Facebook’s plans for augmented reality, which began to take shape last spring when the company introduced a platform that would allow developers to bring AR-powered camera effects to their apps.

If you want to watch along and see Zuckerberg’s public, live-streamed response to the issues that have been making headlines for the past few weeks, you can do so when his keynote begins at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on Tuesday. You can watch the stream at either the F8 stream page or the Facebook for Developers page.

This bad lip-reading of Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate testimony is so much better than the real thing

Earlier this month, Mark Zuckerberg completed Step 7 of the Tech Company Scandal Apology Tour by trekking to Capitol Hill to be interrogated by lawmakers. The public spectacle was mostly embarrassing for both sides, since Zuckerberg’s lack of human emotions were put on display, and the lawmakers proved once again that they have no idea what the interweb is or how it works.

But even better than watching that particular trainwreck is watching what can be done when you literally put words in people’s mouths. The Bad Lip Reading YouTube channel did just that, and the five-minute long video is everything you’d hope it would be.

The makers stayed impressively true to its origins. Zuckerberg is given a lot of very brusque one-line answers, while the senators mostly babble about things they don’t understand, while Lindsey Graham tries and fails to suck up to the Facebook founder. Some highlights:

I swear, it’s like he’s got a mask on
Listen kid, blink if you’re not a lamp
We’d like you to make a little smile just to show that you can
Oh, good heavens, that’s just horrible.
Stop that son!
For the rest of the day, will you not do that please?
Or this excellent interaction:
My turn!
Can we be friends later?
No, I mean, we probably shouldn’t
Would you say that if I lived in a treehouse? I doubt it
Have you ever smelled a girl’s feet?
Cuz I imagine you and me could be doing that at some point
No
What’s the problem, little friend?
Don’t try to get in my Porsche again
But I really like you!
The full video is well worth the watch.