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Zuckerberg was grilled by Senate for five hours, here’s what happened

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Mark Zuckerberg formally apologized to Congress Tuesday (April 10) for mistakes that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal and emphasized that his company is reassessing its responsibility to social media users and society. If you’ve been living in the dark, news broke last month that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Trump’s campaign, accessed information from as many as 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge, per CNN reports.
“It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy,” Zuckerberg said in opening remarks before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees.
Zuckerberg acknowledges Facebook didn’t take a broad enough view of their responsibility and owned up that it was a massive mistake.
“It was a big mistake. And I’m sorry. I started Facebook. I run it and I’m responsible for what happens here.”
A total of 44 senators grilled the Facebook CEO, but it was Sen. John Kennedy who slammed Facebook and was most direct with the 33-year-old.
“Your user agreement sucks,” said Kennedy. “It’s not to inform your users about their rights. I’m going to suggest to you that you go back home and rewrite it.”
Zuckerberg stumbled.
However, investors appeared to be satisfied with his testimony. As Zuckerberg was being grilled, Facebook’s stock price jumped. Facebook stock ended the day up 4.5 percent.
Right now, there’s not really much Congress can do to change the way Facebook handles user data — or any social media company for that matter. It’s now time for Congress to think seriously about changing that, and Zuckerberg knows it. Regulations are going into effect outside of the U.S., the General Data Protection Regulation in Europe. The rules require website to get explicit consent from users before collecting any data whatsoever. That goes into effect on May 25.
We’ll see what happens in America.

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LAX Now Allows Marijuana In Carry-On

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Get ready for high flying.

Los Angeles International Airport — also known as LAX —  has announced that it will permit travelers to bring small amounts of legal marijuana through security in their carry-on bags.

“The Los Angeles Airport Police Department will allow passengers to travel through LAX with up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana,” reads a statement on LAX’s official website, which was posted in September 2018.

California passed Proposition 64, aka the Adult Use of Marijuana Act in 2016, meaning that as of of January 1, 2018, it became legal in California “for individuals 21 years of age or older to possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana for personal consumption.”

If you’re traveling with marijuana through LAX, study up on the laws in your origin and destination airport before packing your bags.

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Gay Penguin Couple Kidnapped Straight Couple’s Penguin Baby

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In a time when you hope a news story is fake, this tale about gay penguins will make you want the news to actually be real. And it is!

Love is love. Even penguins know that. The large flightless seabirds also know that when two souls find love, having a baby is often the next step. That being said, a pair of gay penguins at a Denmark zoo “kidnapped” a straight couple’s hatchling and tried to take it in as their own, a zookeeper says.

And it was all caught on video.

 

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Trump to Female Reporter: ‘You’re not thinking. You never do’

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President Donald Trump insulted a female reporter in the Rose Garden on Monday, telling her she “never” thinks before asking a question. Trump called on Cecilia Vega, a White House reporter for ABC News and started making a joke out her.

“She’s shocked that I picked her,” said Trump as a flock of staffers behind him — mostly men — smiled or laughed. “She’s, like, in a state of shock.”

“I’m not,” Vega said, rising from her seat. “Thank you, Mr. President.”

Trump, apparently mishearing “thank you” as “thinking,” responded with a seemingly unprovoked jab: “I know you’re not thinking. You never do.”

A White House transcript alleges Trump said “not thanking,” a non-sequitur given Vega had said “thank you” immediately prior. Now that’s pathetic.

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President Trump insults ABC News reporter

President Trump took a swipe at a female reporter during his news conference earlier today, telling her "I know you're not thinking. You never do."—>> STORY HERE: http://bit.ly/2OXXV5Y

Posted by WPTV on Monday, October 1, 2018

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