Ousting Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook would be hard

Sean Reid
April 17, 2018

In the recent Senate hearings with the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Washington DC, Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg stated several times that Facebook does not sell users' data to third parties.

Users wanting to know whether their data has been accessed will need to rely on Facebook to tell them. In its proxy, Facebook says it does "not consider Mr. Zuckerberg's overall security to be a perquisite for his benefit", but now discloses the costs as "all other" compensation in the company's proxy. While Facebook users can turn off some data collection used for advertising, it can't stop tracking entirely.

In its blogpost, the company said it believes that "once a story is rated as false, we have been able to reduce its distribution by 80 per cent, and thereby, improve accuracy of information on Facebook and reduce misinformation". This, Facebook says its what it uses to make targeted ads or make its content better. As US Senator Lindsey Graham asked Zuckerberg last week: "If I'm upset with Facebook, what's the equivalent product that I can go sign up for?" This possibility was not lost on Donato, who stated in his ruling that damages could "amount to billions of dollars". Facebook uses this giant data pool to lure in advertisers, who pay to use Facebook's own tools to micro-target ads, get audience information, and whatnot. Now, what this exactly means is anyone's guess, but Facebook is pretty much saying it is for "security purposes".


The blog post concluded by going over what controls users have over their data. While the subject isn't as black and white as Mark Zuckerberg claims, there's one social network site that is sure about the privacy of its users' data. Depending on a user's settings and what he or she has permitted, Facebook can also listen in to conversations via a mobile phone's microphone.

Over the last few weeks, Facebook has drawn intense criticism from users and governments globally over a number of issues, ranging from false news on the platform to information of over 80 million users being mined by data analytics and political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica.

For example, when it comes to facial recognition, Facebook is fighting against users consenting to have their faces recognized in photos.


So, what does Facebook do with data it receives from other websites and apps? If you give me those things, I'll give you what you want.

Whenever you visit other websites, Facebook, either through its services on those websites or through the cookies (basically a form of code which tracks users' activities over the internet) stored on your browser, collects location, browser information including your past activities and operating system, among others.

Even if you will not be affected by the GDPR, it's always a good idea to review your privacy settings regularly.


Our opinion editor, who uses facebook regularly, has never seen him post. Facebook is now alerting users with two notifications: one if you were affected and one if you weren't.

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