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Locals react to Facebook data privacy

WACO, TX - The CEO of Facebook was back on Capital Hill on Wednesday for his second day of hearings and the questions were tougher.

Mark Zuckerberg answered to lawmakers on issues ranging from user privacy to Russian interference to censorship.

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee grilled Zuckerberg in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal that exposed the data of up to 87 million Facebook users -- including the CEO himself --  without their knowledge.

"I believe deeply in what we're doing. And when we address these challenges, I know we'll look back and view helping people connect and giving more people a voice as a positive force in the world. I realize the issues we're talking about today aren't just issues for Facebook and our community- they're challenges for all of us as Americans," said Zuckerberg.

Also at issue, Russian manipulation of the social media platform during the 2016 election.

Lawmakers also pushed Zuckerbeger to back legislation to improve consumer privacy, Zuckerberg agreed regulation of his industry is inevitable.

Meanwhile, a Cyber Security Technology instructor at TSTC says it's on the user what information they share for the world to see.

"Social media is around the world, so everybody can gather what information they can about anybody," said Daniel Follis, Cyber Security Instructor at TSTC.

Facebook has quickly grown to become one of the world's largest information exchange tools online.

"It's a public information, it's a public domain, you have to be aware as a user what information you put out on Facebook," added Follis.

In fact, if you look at Facebook's data policy, the have a long list of information they collect from you. This includes everything from your location by using your device's GPS to information from third party websites.

"It's a little creepy if they are following what I'm doing like I kind of want to be unknown as I search for certain things," said Winton Galmon, student at MCC.

That policy is not hidden, but most of us don't pay any attention to it.

"I really do think it's an invasion of your privacy, but at the same time, you signed up for that," said Jonathan Reyes, Student at MCC.

"They have so much more access that we could even fathom," said Madison Dulany, Student at MCC.

Dulany is a student at MCC and is ready to delete her Facebook account.

"As Americans we get the freedom to have the privacy and stuff like that but I am also conflicted because I don't really want them to know all my stuff," said Dulany.

Follis says websites like Facebook, should now be treated with a little more caution.

"Set your security privacy settings to as much as you can on your Facebook there is security settings onto your Facebook that allows people what they can and can't see," said Follis.

"You put yourself out there, you put everything that you have out onto Facebook and what not and I don't think it's right, but what can you kind of expect from this world now-a-days you know," said Reyes.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is promising lawmakers a more proactive approach to security.

 


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