Mark Zuckerberg claimed that the company stores the data due to security reasons
Mark Zuckerberg had a hard time during the Facebook’s hearing with the congress senators on Tuesday. People may have considering the Facebook CEO’s apologies and statement but there is something more than they need to know before reaching the conclusion. Facebook not only owns its user’s data but also maintains the information of some of the non-Facebook users. This means Cambridge Analytica data scandal isn't the only thing that the social media platform did by breaking the laws.
During the legal session Ben Ray Lujan, the Mexico representative asked Zuckerberg, is Facebook also collects the data of the people who don't have Facebook accounts. On the question, Zuckerberg did not accept the accusations and instead of saying yes he explained the reason behind it. He said that some data belonging to the non-Facebook users also being collected to avoid mass scrapping of the public information of the users and all this is just for the security reason. Moreover, at the beginning of 2018 Belgium court accused Facebook of collecting the nonusers data using social plugins and cookies.
The Zuckerberg's statement clearly proves that the platform also gathers the information of non-Facebook users without their consent. Recently, Facebook faced a technical issue with its search algorithm that enables everyone to scrap publicly available information of more than 2 billion users. When Zuckerberg asked about how much data Facebook-owned of non-users, he replied that he doesn't know about it.
The 33-year old billionaire was again attacked with a question asking, is ‘shadow user’ is the term the company used to refer the nonusers, he declined and replied that he never heard about the term. He also claimed that all the data storing done by the company is an attempt to seize public data scraping, by spotting the people constantly accessing the Facebook’s services. This further makes Facebook untrustable with the privacy aspects as the platform is breaking the privacy laws of the users.
The social media giant is already facing number problems due to the data scandal that causes it criticism from tech giants. This revelation gave one more point to the protesters for abandoning Facebook via #deletefacebook campaign.
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