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Facebook denies request for Zuckerberg to appear before Canadian, British lawmakers

Facebook denies request for Zuckerberg to appear before Canadian, British lawmakers

World
Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg declined an invitation to testify before British and Canadian lawmakers about the social media giant's data privacy. Facebook's head of U.K. public policy Rebecca Stimson and head of Canada public policy Kevin Chan, responded to the request by British Member of Parliament Damian Collins and Canadian Member of Parliament Bob Zimmer in a letter released Wednesday, informing the lawmakers it isn't possible for Zuckerberg "to be available to all Parliaments." "While he is unable to accept your invitation we continue to fully recognize the seriousness of these issues and remain committed to working with you to provide any additional relevant information you require for your respective inquiries," they wrote. In their letter to Facebook i...
Zuckerberg: Facebook will not ban Holocaust denial

Zuckerberg: Facebook will not ban Holocaust denial

Technology
Holocaust denial should not be banned on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has said. Although he described such posts as "deeply offensive", the social network chief executive said that he does not think users sharing Holocaust denial material are "intentionally getting it wrong".Following outcry from groups including the Anti-Defamation League, Mr Zuckerberg subsequently clarified that he "absolutely didn't intend to defend the intent of people who deny [the Holocaust]".He explained: "Our goal with fake news is not to prevent anyone from saying something untrue - but to stop fake news and misinformation spreading across our services."Mr Zuckerberg had made the comments in an interview with the technology news site Recode. We see Pages on both the left a...
Facebook's Zuckerberg says his data was harvested

Facebook's Zuckerberg says his data was harvested

Technology
Facebook's chief executive has revealed that his data was among that harvested in a privacy scandal.Mark Zuckerberg made the disclosure during his second day of being questioned in Washington.In a related development, the political consultancy at the heart of the affair has announced its acting chief executive is stepping down.He also revealed that his firm was exploring whether to take action against the University of Cambridge.The institution is where the researcher Aleksandr Kogan, who had collected and sold personal data to Cambridge Analytica, was based."What we found now is that there's a whole programme associated with Cambridge University where... there were a number of other researchers building similar apps," Mr Zuckerberg said."So, we do need to understand whether there was some...
Zuckerberg: Facebook is in 'arms race' with Russia

Zuckerberg: Facebook is in 'arms race' with Russia

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has told US senators his company is in a constant battle with Russian operators seeking to exploit the social network."This is an arms race. They're going to keep getting better," he said.Mr Zuckerberg was answering questions in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data collection scandal.He also revealed Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, had interviewed Facebook staff.Skip Twitter post by @awzurcherZuckerberg says that Facebook has been served with subpoenas by special counsel Mueller's office - but then backs off and says that Facebook is "working with them", including meetings.— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) April 10, 2018End of Twitter post by @awzurch
Facebook's Zuckerberg fires back at Apple's Tim Cook

Facebook's Zuckerberg fires back at Apple's Tim Cook

Technology
Facebook's chief executive has defended his leadership following criticism from his counterpart at Apple.Mark Zuckerberg said it was "extremely glib" to suggest that because the public did not pay to use Facebook that the firm did not care about them.Last week, Apple's Tim Cook said it was an "invasion of privacy" to traffic in users' personal lives.And when asked what he would do if he were Mr Zuckerberg, Mr Cook replied: "I wouldn't be in that situation."Facebook has faced intense criticism after it emerged that it had known for years that Cambridge Analytica had harvested data from about 50 million of its users, but had relied on the political consultancy to self-certify that it had deleted the information.Channel 4 News has since reported that at least some of the data in question is s...