When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appear before congress in April he left the lawmakers with many several questions. But now Facebook has released a 500 pages of answers in response to those question that he faced during when he appeared before Congress.
In his document Facebook has answered the questions about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, ad targeting, moderation policies, and many others, giving a look at the it’s policies and practices also many of the questions are answered by pointing towards the publicly available policies or through answers that the company has previously offered.
In response to some most pointed questions, the company answers are not quite clear with the issues. Responding to a question about how ads might be used to exclude people with certain characteristics, for example, Facebook explained that it did not offer targeting based on race but on multicultural affinity.
About the Shadow Profiles the company said that it does not create profiles for non-users but admitted that it could take the opportunity to show general ads that is unrelated to the attributes of the person or an ad encouraging the non-user to sign up for Facebook. After replying to a various specific questions about what information the company tracks and all Facebook did not give a simple yes or no when it was asked about whether it tracks every IP address ever used when logging into Facebook. Instead, the company replied with a vague response saying :-
Facebook automatically logs IP addresses where a user has logged into their Facebook account. Users can download a list of IP addresses where they’ve logged into their Facebook accounts, as well as other information associated with their Facebook accounts, through our Download Your Information tool, although this list won’t include all historical IP addresses as they are deleted according to a retention schedule.
Facebook did provide any information about what kind of data the platform gathers and the scope of that collection.
It took two months to deliver these answers but after their answers many more questions have emerged regarding it’s data sharing policies.