Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington

PHOTO BY PAUL K. SCHWARTZI recently had the opportunity to attend the Senate's combined hearing by its Judiciary and Commerce Committees, during which Facebook owner and creator Mark Zuckerberg fielded some five hours of questions.
Clearly the concern of the some 42 senators was user privacy and the protection of personal information in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which the personal information of some 87 million Facebook users was improperly taken and used for unauthorized political purposes during the 2016 presidential election.
While a comparison was made by some Republican senators to the voter targeting done during the Obama presidential campaigns, the difference here is the deliberate flood of misinformation done by Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 Trump campaign.
Certainly user privacy and the protection of personal data are a concern of major proportions. Facebook is an enormously large company with over $40 billion in annual income, more than 25,000 employees and more than 2 billion monthly active users.
However, as I listened to the testimony I couldn't help but think that the true overarching issue is more than privacy; it is responsibility. What is the responsibility of platform providers to manage the content of those platforms?


Maryland woman presses the issue by filing suit against Facebook

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In the wake of scandal where a data analytics company harvested the data of approximately 50 million Facebook users without their permission in order to accrue information that could have been used in the 2016 presidential election, a Maryland woman is suing Facebook.

Lauren Price filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, the British-based analytics firm that helped funnel Facebook’s user data to the Trump campaign. Price alleges that the social media company violated its promise to protect its users’ privacy.

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