EU Parliament Grills Up a Nothingburger, and more in this week’s newsletter

Apparently, it’s been over a year of doing these things, which I did not notice because I did not number them / can’t count that high anyway. Enjoy the long weekend, and Do Not Read Until Monday. Tuesday.


EU Parliament Grills Zuck, Gets Served a Nothingburger

Much was made of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to European Parliament for questioning ahead of his appearance, as Europe tends to keep a tighter leash on corporations than ol’ Uncle Sam. But, despite about an hour of questions, Zuckerberg chose to answer in generalizations, which did not provide much further information about what it’s doing or plans to do to protect its users.

Specific questions dodged include its reaction to GDPR, including how it will allegedly reroute data processing for some 1.5 billion users to avoid compliance, and data sharing between Facebook’s family of apps, as pointed out by TechCrunch.

Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic, some activist groups are looking to lobby for a break-up of the company, while it will have to contend with another lawsuit, alleging it knowingly exploited users’ private data.

Despite criticism for its behemoth status, Facebook moves ever forward into new territories, such as dating, as teased at F8, or home services, which debuted this week in Marketplace.


Odds + The End


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