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The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, welcomes the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerbeg (John Thys / AFP)
The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, welcomes the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerbeg (John Thys / AFP)

Zuckerberg: “We are going to avoid the manipulations in the elections as Russia did in the USA”

Marck Zuckerberg’s appearance before the United States Congress was a real show and highlighted important aspects of privacy in the social network founded by him. In the European Parliament, today also has tried to show the benefits of their practices. Something that happens a few days after the entry into force of the European data protection regulations.

A regulation that imposes enormous sanctions on companies that do not comply with it and that seeks for the end user to have greater control of the data handled by companies. That is why it is not surprising that Zuckerberg has agreed to voluntarily attend this appearance.

Zuckerberg has started with one of lime and one of sand. He gave as an example how “after the attacks in several European countries thousands of people used our technology to know they were good”

The creator of Facebook has started giving one of lime and one of sand. He has given as an example how “after the attacks in several European countries thousands of people used our technology to know they were good”. But he has also admitted that “it has become clear in recent years that Facebook applications have been able to hurt”.

Other data that has been cited as problems that users face are false news or interference in communications. But he has promised to remedy this. For example, he said that “we are going to multiply by two the people who are dedicated to controlling security”.

He also announced measures to prevent what happened again what happened with Cambridge Analytica: “An application will get less information. If you have not used it for less than three months, you must ask the user for permission. ” To which he added that “we have always given users the possibility to control their data. Now let’s go further. ”

One of the measures announced is the so-called “Clear History”, this will show more accurately the personal data available to the social network. He also explained that “we have penalties against sensationalism. The announcements are now going to be much more transparent. ” But despite this, he has pointed out that “security is never going to be guaranteed 100 per 100”.

One of the measures announced by Zuckerberg has been to show what denim in a “clear history”, which will allow indicating with simplicity the data

A nod to Europe has been through employment promising that “by the end of this year will see 10,000 workers in European cities.” On the other hand, it has justified the purpose of Facebook: “our priority has been social, that there is more rapprochement among people in the world”. Something we have heard on other occasions.

But after these reflections, the questions of the different deputies of the different groups have been as polite as they are very strong. In fact, the Parliament completely outside the ideas of each group has been hard with Zuckerberg.

A nod to Europe has been through employment promising that “by the end of this year will see 10,000 workers in European cities”

These are some of the questions that have been asked: “Can you guarantee that you will not sell your data to third parties?”, “What is Facebook doing about false accounts?”, Or “if you do not have a Facebook account How can you prevent personal data from being used by stopping using the internet? ”

Among the complex issues is one posed by liberal parliamentarian Guy Verhofstadt: “In the last 10 years he has apologized on numerous occasions. Are you in a position to fix the problems of your company? ”

 

Zuckerberg defends his fight against false accounts and says that these are less than 10 percent of Facebook accounts

After the battery of questions Zuckerberg I have not done too much self-criticism and has taken to heart: “We are very proud that 90 of the contents related to ISIS and Al Queada are detected by our tools,” he said. He has also listed the advances against suicide, harassment and attempts to distort elections.

He also defends his fight against false accounts and says that these are less than 10 percent of the accounts on Facebook. One aspect in which he has made some emphasis has been on the objective of avoiding interference in the elections “as the Russians did in the US elections”. He has given as an example the performance of the social network in the French elections by closing numerous accounts.

Another thing he has emphasized has been to avoid interference in elections like the Russians did in the US elections

In the turn of answers, Zuckerberg has also announced that “soon we will launch a function that will eliminate the history”. But he also stated that he does not rule out that in the future cases of more applications will appear that show that they have abused data “, although he has qualified that” as of the 2014 changes it is more complicated “that cases like Cambridge Analytica appear. In this regard, he ended up saying that “we are analyzing numerous apps. “What we want now is to react. We are not sitting waiting to see if they communicate problems. ”

There has been some controversy over the short duration of the intervention, as many of the specific questions have remained unanswered. Although Zuckerberg’s commitment has been reached, he will reply in writing to all of them. The cause of the appearance has not been extended has crashed: there were planes to catch and they could not wait.

 

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