What also became clear, however, was not only the lawmakers' lack of understanding of how internet-based data companies operate, but also their lack of a mental data protection framework which allowed Zuckerberg to escape some tough questioning. Nor did we know much more about Facebook's missteps that allowed Russian Federation free rein to spread disinformation and propaganda to users.
Facebook said in its statement on Friday, "Our products and services comply with applicable law and will comply with GDPR". While some are thinking of quitting the social media app altogether, others are figuring ways to minimize the loss of their personal data.
Facebook declined to comment on concerns about the workarounds. Any violations of the 2011 agreement could subject Facebook to fines of $41,484 per violation per user per day.
Kennedy said one obstacle to protections is social media outlets such as Facebook do not fit neatly into the traditional types of industries Congress normally regulates.
"That tells me they are at least paying lip service to consumer (concerns)", he said. It's time for Facebook to really change. The Data Abuse Bounty, inspired by Facebook's existing bug bounty program, will help the platform identify violations of its security and privacy policies.
YouTube is available for free, but those who pay can lose the ads and get exclusive content. Spotify lets people listen to music for free, but the paid version cuts out ads and give them more control over how they listen to music.
Facebook has also stepped up its self-regulation efforts following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Or is it? During his testimony in front of a House committee on Wednesday, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that his company does track internet users who have not subscribed to Facebook.
Notwithstanding everything I wrote last week, I consider Facebook an incredible achievement because one person with an extraordinary intellect, great cognitive skills, a critical mind with an unshakeable, big, long-term vision of human interaction and a rare stomach for hard work was able to take an idea and build an empire that many nation states could never even aspire to. More than a million people in each of the UK, Philippines and Indonesia, as well as 310,000 Australian Facebook users, may have also had their personal information harvested.
In the end the hearings were lackluster despite couple of good points as they failed to get concrete answers from Zuckerberg.
The ripple effects of Facebook's situation reach well beyond the company, according to experts.
When Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dug into Mark Zuckerberg on this exact topic this week, Zuckerberg floundered, insisting that the far left views of Silicon Valley don't leak into how Facebook does business, but some former Facebook employees tell a different story.
Is that something Facebook can offer? "I have that responsibility, just like Facebook'". But something has emerged that has given me pause. "There's really, in my mind, no other tool out there like it". And a break-up of Facebook would be prima facie impractical as the business is one giant interconnected platform.
Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg said data incident was "huge breach of trust". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who asked Zuckerberg: "Is Twitter the same as what you do?"
Facebook also kept a history of each time I opened Facebook over the last two years, including which device and web browser I used. "Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this", Wozniak said. From there, Facebook prompts the user to begin gathering the archived information, which will be sent to an email associated with the Facebook account. "I'm committed to getting this right", he added.