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April 11, 2018, 2:40 AM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Hearing highlights: Zuckerberg was asked about Facebook's monopoly power, hopes AI will flag bad content in future, says Facebook doesn't snoop on phone calls  —  Congress doesn't understand Facebook.  Does anyone?  —  Mark Zuckerberg made his highly anticipated debut before Congress today during …
Senate Committee on the Judiciary:
Full video: Mark Zuckerberg's first hearing before Congress, titled “Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data”; hearing begins at 40:07  —  Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation DATE: Tuesday, April 10 …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Many questions senators asked Mark Zuckerberg on day one of the hearings showed they are still trying to understand the basics of how Facebook works  —  If lawmakers want to regulate Facebook, they might need to get on the same page about what problem they're trying to solve.  —  Is Facebook a monopoly?
Washington Post:
Full transcript of Mark Zuckerberg's first day of congressional hearings  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the Senate's Commerce and Judiciary committees Tuesday to discuss data privacy and Russian disinformation on his social network.  Below is a partial transcript of the hearing.
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Facebook confirms some users' private messages were collected by quiz app that Cambridge Analytica used to glean data, says 1,500 people were affected  —  THE DATA CONSULTING firm Cambridge Analytica, which harvested as many as 87 million Facebook users' personal data, also could have accessed …
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Facebook debuts a Data Abuse Bounty to reward those who report misuse of data by app devs; payouts are for cases affecting 10K+ users and range from $500-$40K  —  - Facebook is launching a data abuse bounty program to ask its users to help it find companies using unauthorized data.
Nick Summers / Engadget:
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram one-ups Apple with a portrait mode feature called Focus that works with both photos and video for select Android devices and iPhones 6S and newer  —  Instagram is one-upping Apple with a portrait mode feature that runs on a wider variety of phones and works with video, not just photos.
Steven Musil / CNET:
Reddit lists the 944 accounts suspected of Russian IRA origin that it removed: 662 had zero karma, 13 had “significant” karma, none placed election-related ads  —  News discussion site says in banned 944 accounts suspected of links to Russian propaganda efforts across social media.
Daniel Tyson / Ausdroid:
FCC application from Shenzhen SEI Robotics, which makes Android TV devices, shows Google-branded Chromecast-like dongle with Assistant, Android Oreo, HDMI, more  —  If you're a keen watcher of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), then a new device from Shenzhen SEI Robotics Co. …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter endorses the Honest Ads Act, a bill introduced last year to promote political ad transparency, following Facebook's endorsement of it last week  —  Just hours before social media companies face a regulatory reckoning with Facebook's appearance on the Hill, Twitter is taking a step to get right with Congress.

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