Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly admitted that a tool is being used to track user behavior online during a Senate judicial committee on Tuesday. Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley confronted Zuckerberg where he questioned him about two internal instruments, brought to his attention by a Facebook whistler. Tools called Tasks and Centra are used to coordinate censorship with Twitter and Google and monitors Facebook user activity on the Internet, respectively.
After the interrogation of the hearing titled Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election on Facebook and Twitter, Hawley’s content moderation practices on Twitter wrote, “Zuckerberg admits @Facebook HAS “tools” to track its users on the Internet, across platforms and accounts, all without the user being aware of it. I wonder how many times this tool has been used nationwide against the Americans. Zuck won’t tell. “He then attached a screenshot of the internal tool.
Zuckerberg, however, did not confirm “if Facebook never uses Centra to track and monitor American citizens. ”Hawley further noted,“ Mark Zuckerberg under oath today: I don’t know, can’t remember, can’t remember, I’ll get back to you later, let me answer you. ”
“Centra is a tool that Facebook uses to monitor its users, not just on Facebook but all over the Internet. Centra keeps track of the different profiles visited by a user, the recipients of the messages, the connected accounts, the pages visited on the Web that have Facebook “Hawley cited the Washington Examiner.” Centra also uses behavioral data to monitor user accounts, even if those accounts are registered under a different name. “
Speaking further on coordinated content moderation, Hawley said so Facebook uses an internal tool. Tasks to manage content moderation.
Hawley quoted the informant who told him Facebook coordinates censorship topics with Twitter and Google and lists them on Tasks. Zuckerberg denied that he said there was no coordination with other companies for content moderation. However, he said it was quite normal for Facebook employees to communicate with their colleagues from other technology companies. “We coordinate and share signals on security-related topics,” Zuckerberg said, citing terrorism, images of child exploitation and interference from foreign elections. However, he said it was different from content moderation.
Hawley on Twitter wrote: “Have you ever wondered how a user who is banned or blocked on one platform is often banned or blocked on the others? This is how. @Facebook informant tells me that FB uses its internal project management system, “Tasks”, to coordinate censorship with @Twitter and @Google. Informant says @Twitter and @Google routinely suggest censorship topics – hashtags, individuals, websites, many of them conservative – and @Facebook register them for follow-up on Tasks. But Zuck REFUSES under oath to hand over a list of @Twitter or @Google mentions Tasks. “
Facebook Zuckerberg, during a judicial commission in the Senate, admitted it Facebook has tools to monitor its users across the Internet, across platforms and accounts, all without the user’s knowledge, Missouri Senator Hawley noted.
- Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley confronted Zuckerberg where he questioned him about two internal instruments, brought to his attention by a Facebook whistler.
- The tool used to track users’ behavior on the Internet without their knowledge is called Centra, according to a Facebook whistler.
- Senator Hawley also spoke about the internal Tasks that platform Facebook uses for “coordinated content moderation”. Zuckerberg denied the claim.