On April 10th, Mark Zuckerberg entered Congress, the black suit he was wearing in contrast to his standard grey shirt displaying the severity of his position. In 2014 the British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica began gathering data on Facebook users and using it to influence the opinions of voters in favor of the politicians who hired them. The data collection was done through a survey app called thisisyourdigitallife which gathered the data of anyone who allowed the app to access their Facebook account as well as of the people connected to them through Facebook, amounting to up to 87 million according to Facebook. On learning of it there was public outcry and facebook apologized, however CA continued to possess their data. Controversy arose again when in March, former employee of CA, Christopher Wylie released details on the data collection. This resulted in CA claiming to have deleted all the data however in the public consciousness the damage was done.
On other matters too Facebook might face regulation. The inquiries into the censorship of views on social platforms shows that congress has their eyes open for occurrences of biased political censorship on the internet. This topic is a controversial one which could reappear in the future and determine how political views are shared online. These questions of censorship and security are those that will continue to reoccur in the upcoming few decades. The answers to them will determine how we interact with our technology and will shape the future of society and the internet.