By: Jennifer Hong - Staff Writer
Feb 5, 2021
Mark Zuckerberg Congress letter on Facebook privacy. Mark Zuckerberg has received another letter from Congress regarding privacy policies on Facebook. The social networking site founder can’t get enough questions from the bicameral legislature of the federal government.
Congress sent him a letter grilling him about Facebook’s plan to give third-party developers access to more user data. The first letter, asked about the company’s leaking identifiable user information to third-party apps. Now, information has reached Washington via telegraph about the announcement that the social networking site wanted to let app developers access user phone numbers.
Congressmen Edward J. Markey and Joe Barton have some questions about this. The letter asks how the plan actually works and how will Facebook ensure nobody steals underage phone numbers. There’s a growing concern the information could be used to cyberbully kids if their information is released.
Facebook has already suspended the plan, but Congress still wants mroe information on how it plans to move forward. However, Congress is uncharacteristically late on this growing problem. Some argue that Markey should start checking his Twitter account more often.
The government seems to only react when there’s outrage. Others will argue that they will only address problems during election time. Either way, Facebook holds data of about 500 million people, and that’s a concern when there’s privacy issues.Business News Join The Conversation
Add our Facebook page to receive updates and participate in new tools and features. It's a great way to stay connected with all the latest news.
Receive daily bite-sized updates by following us on Twitter. Receive Tweet-sized 140-character updates on your mobile phone device or PC.
Subscribe to our daily RSS feed to get the latest national news stories. We offer a feed for every topic including business, entertainment, health, politics, science & technology, travel and more.