TAKE A STAND: Facebook

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - News that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologized and agreed to testify before Congress is interesting.

After insisting the privacy of Facebook users is secure, a whistleblower said a company called Cambridge Analytica gained access to private information of more than 50 million Facebook users to learn their personalities and influence their behavior.

Some think this is about Russia or the politics of influencing a presidential election. It's more about personal privacy and a company that has the most detailed records of personal data ever assembled.

Facebook knows what we look like, where we are, what we like, who are friends are, whether we're in a relationship and what we look at on the internet. Facebook and other social media sites need an incentive to prevent abuse.

So far, they've shown little evidence they can do that themselves.

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