Facebook to examine tens of thousands of apps for data misuse

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He continued: "Thanks, @facebook, for allowing an unidentified friend of mine to unknowingly expose some of my information to an unscrupulous app, & then waiting until you were in trouble years later to let me know, in very vague terms".

"We believe it is entirely possible that there will be a connection there", Zuckerberg said when asked if there was overlap between Cambridge Analytica's harvested user data and the political propaganda pushed by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency during the 2016 presidential election, which Facebook has said was seen by some 126 million people.

CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

It nearly took two good and thorough looks to ensure it was Zuckerberg, the human. He'll face House questioners Wednesday. More than a few of the lawmakers used their five minutes of question time to blast Facebook and its 33-year-old billionaire co-founder. Thune also said there was a need for Facebook to avoid creating "a privacy nightmare", The New York Times reported.

The stakes are high for both Zuckerberg and his company.

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Zuckerberg was making his first formal appearance at a Congressional hearing, seeking to allay widespread fears ignited by the leaking of private data on tens of millions of users to a British firm working on Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

There are some questions that seem to leave even Zuckerberg perplexed.

"There are people in Russian Federation whose job it is to try to exploit our systems and other internet systems and other systems as well", he said. After aggressive questioning about Facebook's alleged political bias from Sen.

Whenever a lawmaker pointed out something Facebook had done wrong, he spoke about what the company was doing to make it right.

"Senator, can you clarify what you mean by data categories?" said the Facebook CEO. Kamala Harris, who pressed Zuckerberg on his failure to explain how extensively Facebook tracked user activity beyond Facebook-owned platforms and why the company did not inform users in 2015 that their data had been shared with Cambridge Analytica. "We expected them to do a number of more traditional cyber attacks, which we did identify and notify the campaigns that they were trying to hack into them", he said. He offered no details, citing a concern about confidentiality rules of the investigation. Several countries like India, Pakistan will have elections.

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Much of the effort was aimed at denigrating Democrat Hillary Clinton and thereby helping Republican Trump, or simply encouraging divisiveness and undercutting faith in the U.S. system. "Do you agree now that Facebook and other social media platforms are not neutral platforms but bear some responsibility for the content?" He assured senators the company would handle the situation differently today. Users have to contact the app individually to have the data be removed.

Zuckerberg also told the committees that his company has been alerting some of its users that their data was gathered by Cambridge Analytica.

"I believe he understands that regulation could be right around the corner", the Florida Democrat said. Republicans have yet to get behind any such legislation, but that could change.

Zuckerberg met Monday with Florida Sen.

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