YouTube, Twitter or Reddit next to be on the D.C. hot seat says cyber security expert

YouTube, Twitter or Reddit next to be on the D.C. hot seat says cyber security expert
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent Tuesday and Wednesday getting grilled by the Senate and the House, respectively. And if there is one thing that we can take away from the media circus, it's this: Congress hasn't a clue about how technology works. Granted, not everyone throwing questions at Zuckerberg was naive about tech, but we did hear one lawmaker sound incredulous when Zuckerberg responded to an inquiry by confirming that Facebook is free. So, the follow up question was something like "If Facebook is free, how do you make money?" And we have to give the Facebook executive some credit for his restraint. With just the hint of an eye roll, Mr. Zuckerberg calmly explained that Facebook sells ads.

Given the low tech IQ of most U.S. lawmakers, it would behoove them to bone up on the subject before they start peppering the executives of other tech companies. The CTO of IT consulting firm Brainlink International, Raj Goel, says that YouTube, Twitter and perhaps Reddit are next in line to face lawmakers just itching to regulate the industry in some manner. Goel, a cyber security specialist, says that like Facebook, Google is guilty of data mining and profiling. In addition he points out that "YouTube has been very, very actively used by disinformation campaigns, political campaigns, scam artists."

Goel states that like YouTube, Twitter is full of users spreading disinformation. He says that the company is afraid to remove accounts because they fear a knee-jerk reaction from investors. "If Twitter blocks up 50 million users, their stock tanks," the executive said.

At the end of the day, many expect to see Congress enact new regulations against companies that collect data from the public. Dan Wang, an analyst at Gavekal Research, says that it is inevitable that internet giants like Facebook and Google will see "greater regulation." NYU Professor Vasant Dhar, who is a data scientist, says that YouTube and Twitter are "under fire."


Returning to Zuckerberg's testimony that took place early last week, Brainlink's Goel gave the executive a B-minus grade for his performance over the two days, but only a D-minus for honesty and transparency. "He constantly kept saying users have control of their information," Goel said. "No they don’t. Try deleting your account off of Facebook."

source: Barron's, FOXBusiness

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17 Comments

1. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

> "says that like Facebook, Google is guilty of data mining and profiling" ---- It's illegal and bad if they do it, but my US government can do it and it's totally okay. Mmmk makes sense.

2. gamehead unregistered

Gov pretending it cares about privacy

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6276; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The NSA won't be expected to sit and explain themselves before Congress. What a joke.

7. epdm2be

Posts: 812; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

The NSA probably didn't get a seat at Cambridge Analytica. It's MI5/MI6-only territory :-/

14. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Oh? If there was a plan of attack on US soil. Does privacy still counts after that?

17. jacky899

Posts: 316; Member since: May 16, 2017

Thats a bunch of crap. If you know history, all the wars the US were involved in the last few hundreds years, except with Japan, were fought in foreign soil where the US is the invader and even japans attack on pearl harbor was a retalitory response forced by the US because the war was necessary for the US and presidency for many reasons. Even if you say the NSA has the right reasons to spy on its own citizens, please explain why the heck is the NSA justified to spy on all foreign governments and citizens when the US are always the one attacking.

3. matistight

Posts: 872; Member since: May 13, 2009

"So I still don't understand how the Facebook works, but I think I understand how you, the youtube, makes money but I'd like to know what you say. The YouTube, how do you make money? And what is an Ad??? Facebook talked about running them but what are they? Cause you touch an Ad? Can you eat and Ad? Also how does the internet work?" Oh, I can't wait

4. gdawilson

Posts: 259; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

You would have thought Mark would have been grilled by congress but they tossed him lowballs instead. The questions they asked him were so stupid.

6. epdm2be

Posts: 812; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Not to mention that the real perpetrator which caused this debacle is totally absent. Why wasn't the board/ceo of Cambridge Analytica interviewed or the Cambridge professor (alexandr kogan) that actually leaked/gave that data?

8. mootu

Posts: 1269; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Maybe because they can't force UK residents to appear before congress.

9. theot14430 unregistered

Grill them all!

10. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

What's the deal with little Zucky's ridiculously ugly mega-forehead haircut? Couldn't he pay his barber an extra $5 to leave in some bangs? And why does he talk with that annoying nasally Bill Gates voice? I guess the saying "All dorks talk alike" is true.

13. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

why so much hate on one of the smartest man on this planet? is that just a way to show how your IQ is low?

15. JimmieCrakCorn

Posts: 143; Member since: Nov 20, 2017

Don't flatter yourself. The loogie i hock in your face has a higher IQ than you, sht for brains!

11. Botnet64

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 09, 2018

Why they making that chiet-show? Folks have to understand, that there is now such thing as free service.

12. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i am FB and instagram user, i remember when i used to classify all ads as spam, but it is not possible there are new ones every day, that is good reason for me to think about deleting both accounts. FB makes money of information they are gathering about users, and that information is very very useful for lots of companies etc. Either way i remember when i signed up in FB it was fun, lots of pictures etc, now its lots of ads and all sh** just being shared nothing very interesting and fun.

16. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

Please Lord let YouTube be put in their place and finally have some consequences for what they've done.I had a YouTube video with over 14 million views and was earning over $1000 a month from it, until YouTube demonetized it and censored it from everyone. I've only gotten about 100k views in the past two months, and I'm not making any money off of it anymore. You want to know what the video was? Two animals mating. And apparently that was "inappropriate for advertisers....." Yeah, OK Google.

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