Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, faced a lot of questioning over Facebook’s collection of private internet data. The issue of private internet data being used resurfaced after Cambridge Analytica was accused of gathering data on users using a Facebook poll which ended up helping Donald Trump win the presidency. Without Cambridge Analytica’s data, Donald Trump would never have been able to get the vote of, for example, people who didn’t like people claiming to be anti-racist being racist towards them. As of writing, most of the people who care about the connection of Cambridge Analytica’s data and Donald Trump’s campaign are people who are upset that Trump won and their favorite candidate didn’t.
During a tense questioning session, senator William Rosenthal told Zuckerberg, “You shouldn’t be allowed to collect people’s private data and use it. That’s our job!” The PATRIOT act allows the federal government of the USA to collect private data on citizens and use it. We asked a passerby what they thought of the PATRIOT act collecting people’s private data and they had this to say. “I hear it brought up from time to time. I act like I care about it when it’s brought up because I guess I’m supposed to. Soon though people stop talking about it because not many people really care. I don’t care. I don’t do terrorist things.” When prompted about Facebook’s collection of private data, they said, “I don’t care.” Their bold apathy knows no bounds.