Five things we learned from Mark Zuckerberg’s European parliament appearance

The format didn’t let MEPs question the Facebook boss too deeply – but there were worries over its monopoly

1. The European Parliament’s chosen format was a terrible way to elicit answers from one of the most powerful people in the world.

Mark Zuckerberg‘s appearance in front of the European parliament’s conference of presidents was a long-awaited opportunity to press the founder of the world’s biggest social network – which also owns Instagram and WhatsApp – on his company’s global influence and use of personal data following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Amazon selling facial recognition software to police, records reveal

ACLU releases documentation on Amazon Rekognition software, fueling fears of surveillance via police body cameras

In the aftermath of the uprising in Ferguson, Missouri, over the killing of Michael Brown, police departments and policy makers around the country hit upon a supposed panacea to racist policing and police brutality: body-worn cameras.

Many hailed the move as a victory for accountability. But among the few dissenters was Malkia Cyril, executive director of the Center for Media Justice and a leader in the Black Lives Matter Network, who warned early and often that the cameras could become tools of surveillance against people of color because “body-worn cameras don’t watch the police, they watch the community being policed, people like me”.

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No repeat of data scandal, vows Mark Zuckerberg in Brussels

Facebook founder spends 30 minutes giving answers to 60 minutes of MEPs’ questions

Mark Zuckerberg has told members of the European parliament there will be no repeat of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, as he faced accusations that Facebook has too much power.

He said policies in place since 2014 prevented any app developer from misusing data. But he said Facebook was likely to find other apps that “we [will] want to take down” as part of a shift away from a reactive approach to problems on the site.

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