Local residents staying on Facebook despite privacy issues

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg began his Congressional testimony on Tuesday involving the company’s recent privacy issues. But many people that 22News spoke with don’t seem to be too concerned.

The social media giant’s latest estimate of the number of people whose personal information might have been collected by Cambridge Analytica is 87 million, but that number could be even higher.

“It does get me concerned, because it seems like they know everything about you nowadays,” said Robert Lodato of Shelburne. “We don’t even know all that they know about us, and it seems like they connect every different app you use, and even when you travel somewhere they’re tracking it.”

Zuckerburg appeared at a joint hearing Tuesday afternoon conducted by the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees. 

Holyoke resident Gordon Shelley-Fogel told 22News that this isn’t going to affect how he uses the social media website.

“Hopefully there is going to be backlash for this and I hope there are ramifications for the company and take a good look at what they are doing and how they’re handling our data,” Shelley-Fogel said. “I don’t see myself changing anything personally.”

Facebook introduced a new tool yesterday called “See how you’re affected.” It lets users know if they’re among the millions who had their data accessed.

Zuckerberg will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday.

Facebook said more than 70 million people in the U.S. may have had their data improperly shared.

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