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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a fusillade of questions during his second day of congressional testimony Wednesday, showing signs of testiness during some sharp exchanges with House lawmakers.

Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., asked if Facebook would change the default settings to lessen collectible data.

Zuckerberg faced tougher questions from House lawmakers over Facebook's stance than during Tuesday's five-hour session in the Senate, where his defence of data sharing was weakly challenged. "I have said for many years that at some point Facebook could offer tiered services offering a basic free product along with a paid premium product that could generate significant revenue for Facebook".

Bucshon asked if Facebook is listening to conversations, or if it has contracts with companies that provide data that is acquired verbally.

Lawmakers questioned Zuckerberg on his repeated insistence that Facebook users have complete control over their data, saying that this was not consistent with the firm's practice of giving advertisers access to a person's "likes" and other behaviors.

Zuckerberg has taken questions on a range of issues, from fake news and terrorist content to Russian propaganda and data privacy, as us lawmakers consider possible regulatory remedies. In what may have seemed like a face-off with a firing squad of 44 senators, Zuckerberg was grilled for five hours, and the world was watching the whole while.

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Barton had asked about what data Facebook shares with third parties about people under the age of 18.

The company said it will do that by turning off access for unused apps, by encouraging people to manage the apps they use.

"I think that may be what this is all about", said Durbin.

Facebook is working on a number of things, including deploying new Artificial Intelligence tools that can proactively catch fake accounts that Russian Federation or others might create to spread misinformation.

He asked Zuckerberg if his company allowed extreme uses of Facebook user data by the 2012 Obama campaign, citing a series of March tweets by Obama campaign official Carol Davidsen.

Zuckerberg is expected to apologize again on Wednesday during his appearance in front of House representatives, according to prepared testimony. Zuckerberg said he understands the concerns, especially because "Facebook and tech industry is located in Silicon Valley, which is an extremely Left-leaning place". One is security - if Facebook didn't track people, he said, the platform couldn't prevent someone from downloading every public Facebook page.

"I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here", he said.

Many questions focused on Cambridge Analytica, which gathered data several years ago through a personality quiz created by an academic researcher. As they did in the Senate a day earlier, both Republicans and Democrats suggested that regulation might be needed, but there was no consensus and few specifics about what that might look like - or even what the biggest problems are. Now, you know that and I know that.

"And people have the ability to see everything that they have in Facebook, to take that out, delete their account and move their data anywhere that they want", he said.

"I think everyone should have control over how their information is used,"Mr Zuckerberg said. They're going to keep getting better and we need to invest in getting better at this too". Shares in Facebook posted their biggest daily gain in almost two years, closing up 4.5 percent on Tuesday.

The questioning often veered into topics unrelated to data privacy and Russian election interference, which have dominated headlines about Facebook for months.

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