Zuckerberg’s Silence 2: This Is How Facebook CEO Brilliantly Avoided Tricky Questions About Shadow Profiles During Hearing in EU Parliament

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On May 22, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg arrived on EU Parliament meeting to answer the question on data privacy, shadow profiles and scandal. However, Zuck managed to blow past some important questions.  

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Key moments of EU Parliament hearing

Mark Zuckerberg was questioned on Tuesday by political leaders and lawmakers at the European Parliament for about 80 minutes.

However, Facebook CEO managed to avoid half of the most important questions: “I asked you six yes and no questions,” Philippe Lamberts, a Green party politician, said. “I got not a single answer.”

He also added that now they were testing every application that collects user data – including those that have been doing it for a long time. The work would take several months and it should exclude the possibility of repeating the leakage of user data and using it for political purposes.

They increased the number of employees who work on privacy and security issues, showing that income is not as important as data privacy of Facebook platform users.

When time was up, Zuckerberg announced the end of the meeting stated he was late for the plane and promised to answer the politicians in the letter.

Shadow profiles

For the whole meeting, Mark Zuckerberg chose which questions to answer to and which to avoid. At the end of the hearing, Syed Salah Kamall MEP of Britain interrupted him and asked to go more deep about shadow profiles.

See Zuck awkwardly laugh and not answer the direct question:

Following this moment, he says, “Um, sure, so to to to to your question the, for um, for the content that, uh, that websites and apps sent us, um, we think it’s very important that people have the ability to clear this ah, so, ah, we just launched, or or, just announced that we’re building and will soon launch this ‘Clear History’ feature that allows you to clear all basic browsing history data.”

Did he talk about shadow profiles? Not exactly. His answer is about the data Facebook gathers on non-users of the social media.

Kamall pressed Zuckerberg and asked what to do if you weren’t a Facebook user but your data was still being transferred.

“Um, on the security side, we think it’s important to protect people in our community,” Zuckerberg answered. “Were there any other themes that we want to get through?”

 


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