Zuckerberg only deals superficially with questions from European Parliament

May

23

2018

During a hearing with the European Parliament on Tuesday evening, Mark Zuckerberg repeated the apologies and promises he made in April for the American Senate. He did not enter into any superfluous questions or only superficially.

The hearing could be followed live on the website and on the Facebook page of the European Parliament. Zuckerberg emphasized during the hearing mainly previously announced measures to prevent repetition of a scandal like that with Cambridge Analytica.

Members of the European Parliament were given the opportunity to ask a question during the hearing, after which the Facebook director was given the floor and had to formulate an answer to all questions in one go. This answer consisted for a large part of a repetition of points that he also mentioned in his introductory speech and went very little on the questions.

At the end of his answer, Zuckerberg asked whether any questions had been answered. People from different quarters were calling for an explanation about the practice of tracking shadow profiles, virtual profiles of users who did not create an account on Facebook. Zuckerberg, however, did not answer the questions and instead told that Facebook will come with a function to erase all data that Facebook has collected from a user.

Other questions that Zuckerberg did not address were about the extent to which Facebook exchanges information between its applications, such as between Facebook and WhatsApp, and whether there is a way for users to escape targeted advertisements.

Zuckerberg promised after the hearing with written answers for these ‘more technical questions’. The Facebook director said he could have these answers ready within a few days.

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