Facebook releases 500 pages of answers to the questions of the Congress, but leave some things vague



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Facebook released more than 500 pages of answers to the AMERICAN legislators questions in the midst of ongoing consequences of the treatment of the recent data breach and other matters under the tech giant. Although the reactions can rightly be described as extensive, that the social network still evaded answering some of the questions and provided vague answers to others.

In the past few months, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has faced withering scrutiny from regulators on both sides of the Atlantic ocean. During his 10 hours of testimony in April before two committees of the Senate, he often evaded the questions and said that he would return to lawmakers with detailed answers.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D.-Calif.) asked Zuckerberg about the questions that they had from a previous hearing on the election of the integrity and the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections.


When asked by Harris how much revenue Facebook earned of false news, foreign propaganda, and the so-called hyper-partisan content, the company replied that such revenue “apply.”

Zuckerberg’s company also said that it does not have a definition of what is partisan, because to define “difficult and controversial.”

In response to a question from Sen. John Thune (R.-SD) about when Zuckerberg was aware of the fact that Cambridge Analytica may have held on Facebook data much longer than before, the company said that he is not aware of the problem until March 2018, when these issues were raised in the media.”

The company also seemed to dodge the questions of the Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who repeatedly asked Facebook discriminates against users—how their content is displayed, or may be checked, and so forth—which is based on political views.


“The discussion of controversial topics, or the embrace of a discussed point of view is not in conflict with our Community Standards, the policies a summary of what is and isn’t allowed on Facebook. We believe that such discussion is important in helping to bridge the division and the promotion of greater understanding,” the company said. “We are dedicated to the design of our products gives people a voice and promote the free flow of ideas and culture.”

However, Facebook also noted that it crosses the line into “hate speech” will be removed from the platform.

The tech giant’s woes are ongoing.

Recently, Facebook acknowledged that 14 million users may have been affected by a glitch that all new messages are public, even if the users had indicated that they wanted their updates to be private.

Last week, the Freedom of Facebook, placed an ad in the early edition of The Tech, MIT student newspaper, close to the social network, similar to Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg was set to a start address.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter for He can be reached at or on Twitter @christocarbone.

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