Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to testify before Congress April 11

Laverne Mann
April 5, 2018

Facebook has proposed a series of changes to its terms of service and data policy in an attempt to make them clearer, asking users to provide feedback on the potential updates. The Trump campaign paid the firm almost $6 million during the 2016 election, although it has since distanced itself. Panera Bread website leaked customer data Facebook bans over 200 new Russian accounts MORE said Tuesday that the social media giant will not offer all of the new privacy standards mandated by the European Union outside of the regulations' jurisdiction.

Zuckerberg's comments signal that Facebook users in the US may soon have less control over their personal data than European users. We're not asking for new rights to collect, use or share your data on Facebook.

The laws only apply to European Union member states, but many privacy advocates are calling for companies to extend the consumer protections globally.

The company unveiled the revisions Wednesday as it faces one of its worst privacy scandals in history. This is the first confirmation that Zuckerberg will take questions from members of Congress.

Among Wednesday's changes: Facebook has added a section explaining that it collects people's contact information, which may include call logs and text histories.

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The social network said the changes are created to better show how it collects and uses data, and are not a request for new rights to data from users on the site.

Zuckerberg will appear before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Wednesday, April 11 at 10 a.m., "regarding the company's use and protection of user data", according to an announcement from the Committee. Walden is the committee's Republican chairman and Pallone is the panel's top Democrat.

Facebook has come under fire in recent weeks after it was revealed that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, gained access to the personal data of 50 million Facebook users.

They say the hearing will be "an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online".

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