Facebook tweaks design for easily discoverable privacy settings

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Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a US House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 11, 2018. The CEO, last week, was grilled for 10 hours by the United States congressional committee. Companies can also match their information on what your purchase in stores - that box of cereal at the supermarket, for example - and marry it with Facebook account information.

As I told Mr. Zuckerberg at the hearing, in many ways, his story and the company he created represents the American Dream.

Amy Goodman is the host of "Democracy Now!", a daily global TV/radio news hour airing on more than 1,400 stations.

His answer was unsatisfying as he failed to name a single company that can compete with Facebook when it comes to the service it provides. Each one would be a reminder that they don't have the cash to escape Facebook's data mines. It codifies a lot of the things in there are things we have already done for a long time; some other things that I think would be good steps for us to take.

Rodgers said although it's no secret that social media sites sell consumers' personal information to advertisers, Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram have taken it to the next level. The company's founder has stated to media that it can not promise "GDPR-style privacy protection" for USA users. Such scraping heightens the odds that Facebook could be subject to major fines from the Federal Trade Commission, which is investigating the matter, and it drew sharp rebukes from lawmakers who felt Facebook should have spotted it sooner. "We don't offer an option today for people to pay to not show ads" Zuckerberg said, later elaborating that "Overall, I think that the ads experience is going to be the best one". "This is essentially a tool for these malicious actors to steal a person's identity and put the finishing touches on it".

According to the SonntagsZeitung newspaper, which wrote on Sunday on the latest Facebook transparency report for Switzerland, 253 of the 361 requests sent by authorities between 2013 and 2017 were refused by the Californian company.

Opt in, though, is the best way to ensure people understand what they are choosing to share.

As details of the impact of the Internet Research Agency's meddling are surfaced throughout the trial, Zuckerberg is making a point of claiming that the company has a responsibility to stop this from happening again to its users. Zuckerberg unconvincingly replied, "It certainly doesn't feel like that to me". Zuckerberg had to veer from explaining Cambridge Analytica to explaining Russian meddling, to demurring on content moderation and Diamond and Silk, to denying knowledge of "shadow profiles", and on and on. And Facebook's plan - notifying users whose data were shared and teaching others how to "secure their account and data" - is like shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted.

Lujan pointed out that, "You've said everyone controls their data, but you're collecting data on people that are not even Facebook users who have never signed a consent, a privacy agreement".

He said in this particular case, "Facebook had a technical hole in their system that allowed Cambridge Analytica to pull down more detailed information about your friend circle". Users can also remove the ones they don't want to have connected to Facebook anymore.

Facebook isn't exactly overt about this, but it doesn't hide the fact either.