In the second of two Congressional hearings this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Facebook, was questioned for a heavy five hours by members of the House, yesterday. Once again, lawmakers took their four-minute windows to criticize, yet also praise, the company Zuckerberg created and its efforts to regulate the content & data shared on its platform. Although, not as prominent in Wednesday’s hearing, Cambridge Analytica was still brought up as a topic of discussion or an example in some of the House members questions. House members instead presented other concerns surrounding privacy, data ownership, and GDPR and freedom of speech -- things all digital marketers and tech companies should keep in mind.
I think we are all well-aware that Google, Facebook and every other service we use on the internet is collecting data on us. At this point, it should come as no surprise to anyone, but nevertheless, I’m always incredibly surprised to see how people react when they are confronted with the scale and scope of the data that is housed and collected by some of our favorite internet giants. (Think the recent news surrounding Facebook and Cambridge Analytica and Google.) I guess I sometimes forget that I perhaps have a different perspective on this than the average person.