Table of Contents - April 13, 2018

Apologetic Zuckerberg Faces Critical Lawmakers; Facebook Rolls Out Changes

A polished, polite, and apologetic Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, Inc., faced skeptical questions during an unusual joint hearing of two Senate committees whose members wanted to hear how the social media giant would improve its approach to data privacy, fake news, and election interference.

With more than 40 senators and their staffs from the committees on Judiciary and Commerce, Science, and Transportation crammed into a Hart Senate Office Building hearing room on the afternoon of April 10, Mr. Zuckerberg again apologized for his company's failure to prevent a political research firm from misusing data from an estimated 87 million Facebook users.

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Facebook Rolls Out Privacy, Transparency Changes

In the days following its announcement of data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica's unauthorized access to the data of tens of millions of Facebook users, the social media platform announced changes in privacy and political advertising transparency policies, as well as initiatives to reward reports of data abuse and to help support research into the role of social media in elections.

On March 28 the company announced that it has redesigned its setting and privacy menus and tools to make it easier for users to take control over their data.

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