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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Gears up For Debates on Public Forums

User numbers at Facebook were flat in North America and declined slightly in Europe in third-quarter last year

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Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. VOA

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said his personal challenge for 2019 will be to “host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society – the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes, and the anxieties”.

“Every few weeks I’ll talk with leaders, experts, and people in our community from different fields and I’ll try different formats to keep it interesting. These will all be public, either on my Facebook or Instagram pages or on other media,” Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

He said the engagements will all be public, “either on my Facebook or Instagram pages or on other media”.

Famed analyst Brian Wieser with Pivotal Research warned on Monday that Facebook should brace itself for another tough year as its revenue growth faces risk due to increased scrutiny of the platform’s usage by marketers.
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Zuckerberg gears up for debates on public forums. VOA

Scrutiny of Facebook increased manifold last year since it revealed how a London-based political consultancy, that worked for US President Donald Trump’s campaign, improperly got access to data of up to 87 millions users.

In September, Facebook said that a breach had exposed data of 50 million people and then, in December, it reported another security breach where nearly 6.8 million users risked their private photos being exposed to third-party apps.

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“But given the importance of what we do, that doesn’t cut it anymore. So I’m going to put myself out there more than I’ve been comfortable with and engage more in some of these debates about the future, the trade-offs we face, and where we want to go,” he noted.

User numbers at Facebook were flat in North America and declined slightly in Europe in third-quarter last year. (IANS)

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Mark Zuckerberg Claims Facebook Does Not Sell Users’ Data

Facebook had said it never gave large tech companies access to people's data without their permission as its integration partners "had to get authorisation from people"

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As Facebook turns 15 next month, its Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has once again defended the social media giant, saying the company is not selling its users’ data to anyone.

“We don’t sell people’s data, even though it’s often reported that we do,” he wrote in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

“Clickbait and other junk may drive engagement in the near term, but it would be foolish for us to show this intentionally,because it’s not what people want,” he added.

The 1,000-word defence came after Facebook faced intense scrutiny over how it handled data of over two billion users amid several data scandals in recent years.

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This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

“Based on what pages people like, what they click on, and other signals, we create categories and then charge advertisers to show ads in that category,” he said.

“You have control over what information we use to show you ads, and you can block any advertiser from reaching you,” the Facebook CEO added.

In December, the social media giant said it never allowed its partners to access users’ private messages without their permission, after a New York Times report claimed that Facebook allowed large technology companies and popular apps like Netflix or Spotify to access its users’ personal information.

Zuckerberg said people “consistently tell us they don’t want to see this content”.

In a bid to prevent foreign interference into elections, facebook has also begun labelling all political and issue ads in the us -- including a "paid for by" disclosure from the advertiser at the top of the advertisement.
Facebook CEO of Mark Zuckerberg. Wikimedia commons

“Advertisers don’t want their brands anywhere near it. The only reason bad content remains is because the people and artificial-intelligence systems we use to review it are not perfect — and not because we have an incentive to ignore it. Our systems are still evolving and improving,” he added.

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On collecting personal data, the CEO said: “There’s no question that we collect some information for ads but that information is generally important for security and operating our services as well.”

Facebook had said it never gave large tech companies access to people’s data without their permission as its integration partners “had to get authorisation from people”. (IANS)