USA: Zuckerberg says no rush to delete Facebook accounts, in attempt to reassure investors

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook: «Senator, there has not.» Ron Johnson, US Senator: «You haven't witnessed any?» Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook: «Senator, there was a movement where some people were encouraging their friends to delete their account and I think that got shared a bunch.» «So it's kind of safe to say that Facebook users don't seem to be overly concerned about all these... Еще revelations although congress apparently is.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook: «Yes. And I think you raised a good point though, which is that we will delete it from our systems, but if you've shared it to someone else, then we can't guarantee that they don't have it somewhere else.» Shelley Moore Capito, US Senator: «Ok so if somebody leaves Facebook and then re-joins, and asks Facebook, can you recreate my past, your answer would be» Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook: «If they delete their account the answer is no, that's why we actually offer two options. We offer deactivation, which allows you to shut down or suspend your account but not delete the information, because actually a lot of people want to, at least for some period of time, we hear of students with exams coming up, they want to not be on Facebook because they want to make sure that they can focus on the exam, so they deactivate the account temporarily but then want the ability to turn it back on when they are ready. You can also delete your account, which is wiping everything, and if you do that then you can't get it back.» Shelley Moore Capito, US Senator: «You can't get it back. It's gone from your archives.» Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook: «Yes.» Shelley Moore Capito, US Senator: «But is it ever really gone?» Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook: «From our systems it is.» Shelley Moore Capito, US Senator: «From the cloud or wherever it is, it always seems to be able to reappear in investigations and other things, not necessarily Facebook, other emails and other things of that nature.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed there has been no rush to delete Facebook accounts during his testimony at a Joint Senate Judiciary and Commerce hearing in Washington DC on Tuesday. Zuckerberg was asked by US Senator Ron Johnson if Facebook has, amidst «all this publicity», noted a «dramatic fall off in the number of people who utilise Facebook,» to which Zuckerberg responded bluntly «Senator, there has not.» Zuckerberg also answered questions on the permanence of users' information from Senator Shelley Moore Capito, outlining that users have the ability to deactivate an account, whereby they can later retrieve their data, or to delete the account, «which is wiping everything, and if you do that then you can't get it back», Zuckerberg said. The hearing, entitled «Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data» came in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which the personal information of up to 87 million users was taken without their consent, and revelations arose about foreign interference in the 2016 Presidential elections.

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