Facebook at Congress: 38 questions for Mark Zuckerberg

US lawmakers have their first chance to "chat" with Facebook Inc.'s chief executive Mr Mark Zuckerberg. The congressional meeting is scheduled for tomorrow and tomorrow (Tuesday and Wednesday), and elected representatives of the American people will have the opportunity to rate Facebook.Mark Zuckerberg

Όμως επειδή οι πολιτικοί δεν είναι πάντα και τόσο καλά ενημερωμένοι για το πώς λειτουργεί η συλλογή Through social media, the authors of Bloomberg View and Bloomberg Gadfly have compiled a list of questions that members of Congress could ask Mark Zuckerberg to get serious answers to the serious issues at stake.

38 Questions to Mark Zuckerberg

Data and privacy

Stephen L. Carter: Facebook collects a lot of information from its users. Would you say that this data belongs to Facebook or the user from whom it is collected?

Shira Ovide: Do you believe that average Facebook users, including your parents, understand that Facebook collects information from sites and applications that have nothing to do with Facebook, including all sites with "Like?" Do you agree to limit data collection only to activities within Facebook and other digital services owned by Facebook?

Joe Nocera: Do you have any objection to requesting permission from your members to share their data? If so, why?

Michael R. Strain: Many people worry that Facebook dominates to the point that it is too difficult for other companies to compete. One solution to this may be to redistribute ownership of social graphs of Facebook users. Do you believe ownership of social graph by users is a good idea? If not, why not?

SS: With the term social graph we refer to the layout that the social network has created for each of us. Imagine each blueprint as a tree, containing all the information gathered (relationships, relatives, pages, interests, preferences, shopping, friends, socioeconomic status and many other interests).

Scott Duke Kominers: Will Facebook communicate with any person whose data was inappropriately used to explain what information was collected, how they were shared and how they were used? Will Facebook take steps to compensate these people?

Alex Webb: Apple uses a process called "different privacy" to keep the data it collects from its users anonymous. What keeps Facebook from doing the same?

Barry Ritholtz: How much would Facebook pay its users for a monthly subscription with no platform tracking, no ads, and permanent permanent deletion of all Facebook internal data?

Alex Webb: What will Facebook do to reduce its dependence on user data as a revenue source?

Russian interference

Shira Ovide: Μετανιώσατε που είπατε αμέσως μετά τις προεδρικές των Η.Π.Α. ότι ήταν “very crazy idea"That information from Facebook could have influenced the presidential election?

Cathy O'Neil: What will you do with Russia?

  • Have you investigated whether Russian ads have influenced 2016 voter turnout? If not, why not?
  • Have you collected the right data to do it?
  • Do you now collect the right data?
  • Are you performing random experiments so you can run such tests in future election cycles?

Eli Lake: You could check the total Russia's ad campaign?

Impact on society

Leonid Bershidsky: Which do you think is a bigger violation of it? :

  • Allowing developers to have people's data without their consent?
  • Is the news spread that you know fake?
  • Receiving ads that you know are malicious? or
  • that you do not allow advertisers to n the way their ads are served?

Please sort the order.

Conor Sen: The experience of Facebook users, with hangouts, is based on algorithms that aim to maximize engagement, is highly successful and perhaps very successful. The question posed by SalesForce CEO Marc Benioff is good: Is the social harm of Facebook addiction so damaging that needs to be regulated like cigarettes?

Ramesh Ponnuru: A long time ago people used to read the news on or were watching a channel. They could choose which stories to read and they could know who was telling them. With your company, more and more people are learning about developments in the world from machines that use processes that almost none of them understand. Can you describe the process by which some stories get published first and others don't? Can you describe it without using the word "algorithm"? What do you think people should know about this process?

Matthew Winkler: According to a recent research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), false news travels faster than real stories. How can Facebook block this trip?

Conor Sen: Why are news publications and political advertising, on Facebook, getting a regulatory exception while traditional media do not get?

Virginia Postrel: What control does Facebook do on ads it receives? What logical standards of responsibility could apply to advertising?

Eli Lake: In recent years, a growing number of activists have complained that their pages on , Facebook and other social media platforms do not appear. This banning practice is opaque. Could you tell us if Facebook has banning practices, and if so, how do you determine which pages should be displayed?

Mark Zuckerberg

Culture on Facebook

Stephen L. Carter: Is Facebook concerned about hiring and promoting the political or ideological opinions of its employees?

Shira Ovide: Throughout Facebook's 14 history, there has been repeated controversy over data collection policies or company privacy violations. First, Facebook believes it has complied with settlement of the FTC; And secondly, the repeated, persistent privacy concerns of users in Facebook's history indicate that something is not working in the company?

Alex Webb: When was the last time any of the employees said one of your suggestions (referring to Mark Zuckerberg as CEO) was a bad idea?

Shira Ovide: 2016, one of your senior executives, Andrew Bosworth, was released a deliberately provocative internal note that reported the drawbacks of your attempt to connect the world.

"Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated by our tools," the memo said. This goes against what you said in interviews last year, that Facebook can actually predict potential risks. Why hasn't he done it?

Adam Minter: In July 2009, the Chinese εμπόδισε την προβολή του Facebook στην Κίνα. Ο ακριβής λόγος παραμένει ασαφής, αλλά εντάσσεται σε ένα συνολικό πρότυπο. Η Κινέζικη κυβέρνηση δεν επιθυμεί μια πλατφόρμα κοινωνικών μέσων ενημέρωσης – ή εγχώρια – να λειτουργεί στην Κίνα, εκτός εάν συμμορφωθεί με την τοπική νομοθεσία. Δεν είναι μυστική η επιθυμία σας να δείτε το Facebook στην Κίνα (η σύζυγος του Mark Zuckerberg είναι από την Κίνα). Θα μπορούσατε να αποκαλύψετε στην επιτροπή εάν είστε πρόθυμοι να συμφωνήσετε με τις απαιτήσεις της ;

Finally, a general advice for legislators

Jonathan Bernstein: This kind of listening and celebrity is not about politics. This is not bad. So you can ask Mark Zuckerberg the most striking question. The goal is to create publicity.

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