Democratic U.S. senator asks Facebook CEO if he gave 'incomplete' testimony

Democratic U.S. senator asks Facebook CEO if he gave 'incomplete' testimony
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Democratic U.S. Senator Gary Peters on Thursday asked Facebook Inc’s chief to answer questions about his 2018 congressional testimony in light of reports that Facebook captured audio from users and sent it to a vendor to be analyzed and transcribed, APA reports citing Reuters.

“I asked you specifically if Facebook uses audio obtained from mobile devices to enrich personal information about its users. Your emphatic answer was no,” Peters wrote in a letter to Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg.

“If these reports are accurate, I am concerned that your previous testimony before Congress appears to have been, at best, incomplete.”

Facebook did not immediately comment.

The letter noted that Facebook later submitted written responses to Congress that it does in fact access users’ audio when they have opted in and used a specific Facebook service.

However, Peters pointed out that the company did not, in follow-up responses, “articulate what you do with the audio accessed under those circumstances, the extent of Facebook’s use of this practice or the reasons for the discrepancy in your testimony on this issue during the hearing.”

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, Facebook’s lead regulator in the European Union, said on Wednesday it sought information on how the company handled data during the manual transcription of users’ audio recordings.

The commission already has eight individual probes into the U.S. social media company, two into its WhatsApp subsidiary, and one into Facebook-owned Instagram.

“Much like Apple and Google, we paused human review of audio more than a week ago,” Facebook said earlier this week.

Faiq Mahmudov

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