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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly admitted that a tool is used to keep track of user behaviour online during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday. Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley confronted Zuckerberg where he questioned him about two internal tools, brought to his attention by a Facebook whistleblower. The tools called Tasks and Centra are used to coordinate censorship with Twitter and Google and monitor Facebook user activity across the internet, respectively.
After the questioning of the hearing titled, Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election on Facebook and Twitter’s content moderation practices, Hawley on Twitter wrote, “Zuckerberg admits @Facebook DOES have ‘tools’ to track its users across the internet, across platforms, across accounts – all without user knowledge. I ask how many times this tool has been used domestically against Americans. Zuck won’t say.” He then attached a screenshot of the internal tool.
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The leaders of Facebook , Twitter and Google faced withering attacks from both Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday, as US senators grilled the tech titans over a key internet law that’s helped their businesses flourish.
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testify before the Senate.
Sen. Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, set a cordial-yet-combative tone at the beginning of the hearing about Section 230, a law that shields social media companies from liability for content posted by their users and allows them discretion in moderating offensive posts such as hate speech.
“This liability shield has been pivotal in protecting online platforms from endless and potentially ruinous lawsuits. It has also given these internet platforms the ability to control, stifle and even censor content in whatever manner meets their respective standards,” Wicker told Facebook
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- During Wednesday’s Senate hearing on Section 230, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company makes a “relatively small” amount from political advertising.
- Both Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg have long maintained that political ads are worth less than 1% of the firm’s overall revenue.
- Since May 2018, almost 11 million ads pertaining to politics, election, or social issues have run on the platform, amounting to $2.2 billion in ad spending.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company makes a “relatively small” amount from political advertising, an aspect of its business that has brought in $2.2 billion in revenue since May 2018 according to the firm’s own data.
The comment was made during a virtual Senate hearing on Wednesday, an event that was scheduled for lawmakers to grill Google, Facebook, and Twitter’s execs over
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Oct. 28 (UPI) — Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, Google head Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will testify in Congress on Wednesday as a Senate panel examines laws that protect social networks from liability for the content of users’ posts.
The trio will appear remotely before the Senate committee on commerce, science and transportation for the hearing, titled “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?,” which begins at 10 a.m. EDT.
Panel members are seeking answers about how tech companies moderate content on their platforms.
At issue is Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which says platforms are mere conduits for users’ content users and the companies don’t have to moderate.
“The hearing will examine whether [the law] has outlived its usefulness in today’s digital age,” the committee wrote. “It will also examine legislative proposals to modernize the decades-old law, increase transparency and accountability among
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg attempted to influence members of the US government into taking a closer look at Apple’s business, a report examining the social network chief’s political influence claims.
Zuckerberg was originally not one to discuss politics early in his tenure leading Facebook, but over time he has shifted his stance to becoming more political. In a look over how he moved into a role where he is taking a bigger interest in politics, it seems Zuckerberg’s actions have also made some impact against its tech rivals.
People familiar with discussions between Zuckerberg and government officials speaking to the Wall Street Journal claim he has pushed for a greater scrutiny of both TikTok and Apple.
On the subject of Apple, Zuckerberg is said to have claimed to officials the iPhone maker doesn’t seem to face as much scrutiny as the social network, despite it owning an