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Zuckerberg whips himself with a wet noodle before the Senate: Senate applauds

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 10:50 AM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


The part of Zuckerberg's testimony that caused me to gag?

It was a mistake... it was MY mistake, and I'm sorry"

Good grief. It wasn't a "mistake" it was a DECISION. Not only was it a decision, FB decided to allow data scraping in order to make more money, so it was a conscious financial decision: Zuck traded YOUR information for money.

If the Senate had suggested any real consequences .... like breaking up FB or writing privacy regulations or insisting that Zuck resign... Zuck would have responded with But ... but ... CHINA!. Well, just because China allows total privacy invasion doesn't mean that we have to compete in that arena too, does it? It's like my mom used to say: If all of your friends were jumping off a cliff, would you follow them?

But Zuck needn't have worried; the Senators really don't care about our privacy and they weren't about to do anything significant. All they wanted to do was posture in front of a camera and pretend. Data harvesting/ scraping has been going on for decades, and not just at FB! None of the politicians have done a damn thing about it. They don't mind throwing us to the wolves (insurances, lenders, health professionals, advertisers) and the only thing that triggered a response on their part is that THIS time the information was used in politics for someone they don't like (Trump) and that want to make sure that THAT never happens again. After all, it might affect their election chances!


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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:08 AM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Quote:

Mark Zuckerberg’s Own Data Disclosed After Senate Hearing: His Notes

A photographer captured two pages of Mark Zuckerberg’s notes for his appearance at a Senate hearing on Tuesday. Once highlighted on Twitter, the image was retweeted thousands of times.

To many commenters, the paradox was clear. On a day Mr. Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, faced lawmakers’ questions about whether his company adequately protected users’ data, he experienced a disclosure of his own.

The talking points gave a detailed view of Facebook’s extensive preparations for the appearance before Congress of its billionaire founder. While some of the notes matched what he said on Tuesday, others reminded him what not to say or anticipated questions that were not raised. Mr. Zuckerberg will appear Wednesday for another day of testimony.

One section of the notes suggested responses in case Mr. Zuckerberg was asked if he would step down. He was not asked that question, but the suggested reply indicated he planned to stay.

“Resign?” read the notes, which were written in an abbreviated form. “Founded Facebook. My decisions. I made mistakes. Big challenge, but we’ve faced problems before, going to solve this one. Already taking action.”
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The notes also included what Mr. Zuckerberg should say if asked whether Facebook should be broken up. “U.S. tech companies key asset for America,” was the suggested reply. “Breakup strengthens Chinese companies.”

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, asked if Facebook was a monopoly. But he did not press Mr. Zuckerberg on whether the company should be divided, and the answer citing Chinese competition was not used.

“You don’t think you have a monopoly?” Mr. Graham asked.

“It certainly doesn’t feel like that to me,” Mr. Zuckerberg replied.

MORE AT https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/us/mark-zuckerberg-senate-hearing-n
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:58 AM

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I'd say "wow", but really, nothing you posted here surprises me at all.

Well... if he actually got applause, that seems a bit over the top, even for Congress.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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