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'Hard To Exaggerate' How 'Data-Hungry' Facebook Is, One Professor Says

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd discusses the company's handling of user data with Zeynep Tufekci, a professor who researches the impact of social media.
The icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smartphone screen, photographed through a magnifying glass. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

Mark Zuckerberg will explain his company’s handling of user data before Congress next week. The Facebook CEO also took questions from reporters Wednesday, acknowledging the company’s missteps and announcing new privacy provisions.

Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep), a professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill who researches the impact of social media, tells Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd she would “be shocked if there aren’t a lot more cases” of data scandals like the one involving Cambridge Analytica.

Interview Highlights

On whether she’s a Facebook user herself

“Yes, absolutely. I find it

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