Mark Zuckerberg not to resign from Facebook over data breach


Ever since the scandal came to light in February, Facebook has been having a tough time dealing with accusations that the company was responsible for the leak of personal data of millions of users.

San Francisco, After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of the US Congress last week, the company on Tuesday tried to clarify on questions how it collects data when people are not directly using the website or app. Now, what this exactly means is anyone's guess, but Facebook is pretty much saying it is for "security purposes".

"This kind of data collection is fundamental to how the internet works", Facebook told Reuters in a statement.

She said users should be especially careful when sharing on Facebook, even if they've changed Facebook settings to make their accounts as private as possible. In this instance, there are also issues considering the fact that, since you are not with the service, you technically never had the option to decline.

So to add insult to injury, not only has the non-Facebook user had their data gathered without their consent, but they have to sign up to a service they don't want and "consent" to give up more information to the company in the process of requesting this data.

"When you install Facebook onto your mobile device, it automatically grants permissions across your mobile device to access your SMS, MMS, camera, microphone, location, and other data. Facebook is not only a social media giant, but also an global business". The Data Abuse Bounty, inspired by Facebook's existing bug bounty program, will help the platform identify violations of its security and privacy policies. It was recently revealed that Facebook was also collecting data on people who didn't even have an account on the site.

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In the wake of the events of the past few weeks involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, coupled with the incidence of fake news and the Russian meddling in elections, folks in enlightened societies have begun re-evaluating their relationships with the social media (SM) companies.

Still, despite the breach of privacy, some students say giving up Facebook is easier said than done.

Gunkel said with the controversy Facebook has been a part of, they are headed toward becoming government-controlled. "It certainly is scary, but you should think that hacking is bad, not Facebook".

"Consumers have a right to know what personal data there is being collected and sold, who's buying it and for what goal".

Rodgers said other sites like Twitter and LinkedIn don't use "that sort of deep, personal data", while they focus more on what's happening on their platforms with keyword searches and hashtags. Ben Lujan, a Democrat from New Mexico, asked Zuckerberg, "How many data points does Facebook have on each Facebook user?" Now, that action is specifically prohibited by Facebook in the terms of service they have for app and quiz developers. For the time being, however, Facebook has no plans to create such a tool, Reuters said.

"Congressman, if people flag those ads for us, we will take them down now", he said.