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Mark Zuckerberg asked 'Who's going to protect us from Facebook?'

Mark Zuckerberg asked 'Who's going to protect us from Facebook?'

Tuesday's hearing, and another planned for Wednesday, are all about the fallout from revelations that political ad targeting firm Cambridge Analytica acquired user data from an estimated 87 million people whose Facebook profiles were scraped and improperly shared from a psychology app developer.

He was testifying before the US Congress on matters of data privacy and misinformation for the second day on Wednesday.

Of specific interest were the revelations that sensitive data of as many as 87 million Facebook users were harvested without explicit permission by a political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, which was connected to the Trump campaign.

Earlier in the day, Zuckerberg said he believes it is "inevitable" that there will be regulation of his industry. He just want to self-regulate problems as they arise.

Earlier this week, Facebook began notifying 87 million users, majority in the United States, whose personal data may have been mined by Cambridge Analytica.

The senators, who were grilling Mark about Facebook's role in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, also opened themselves up to ridicule - with some pretty unbelievable questions.

Mr Zuckerberg's admission that his own data made its way into the hands of the company which has been at the centre of weeks of controversy laid bare that even the company's technologically adept founder and chief executive was unable to protect his own information from parties seeking to exploit it.

Although it's understandable that people in their 50s or 60s don't understand how Facebook works or what it does with users' data, it seems like most people would agree that they don't really understand either-no matter what their age. "I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here".

When pressed again, Zuckerberg said: "I know that people use cookies on the internet, and that you can probably correlate activity between sessions".

Many questions focused on Cambridge Analytica, which gathered data several years ago through a personality quiz created by an academic researcher. Richard Blumenthal said he was "unsatisfied" with the hearing because it was "more of the apology tour, which we have heard before". "I think it's going to be hard for us to fashion solutions to . solve some of this stuff until we have some of those answers".

Zuckerberg offered no answer to McKinley's criticism other than to agree Facebook needed to do a better job at policing some of the content on its service, but McKinley wasn't done.

Bobby Rush, an Illinois Democratic congressman, was in the process of asking Zuckerberg when he learned that Facebook allowed advertisers prevent ads from being shown to certain minority groups, a possible violation of civil rights laws.

"I know you have policies against this".

Marcus Adeniyi is a freshman at East Stroudsburg University. he says he stays off most social media websites because it's too easy to get hacked.