As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg moves from the Senate's frying pan to the House's fire, it appears that Facebook permissions allowed some apps to read messages between some users and their friends ("friends" in the sense of the Facebook term of art, not in the sense of people with whom one is connected by natural affection).
Yesterday's testimony appears to have won the social media platform few friends on either the left (Senator Cantwell looking for connections to Palantir) or the right (Senator Cruz suggesting that Facebook's a progressive monoculture). The Senators' performance strikes much of the industry press as revealing interesting gaps in the lawmakers' familiarity with technology. (In fairness to the Senators, they're not the only ones who have trouble grasping how Facebook handles data—WIRED thinks most users are in the same boat.)
Mr. Zuckerberg indicated willingness to accept closer Government regulation of social media. He also said artificial intelligence should have hate speech under control within ten years.
Patch Tuesday addressed sixty-six Microsoft bugs. One is an unusual keyboard issue; another is a SharePoint vulnerability that Redmond says hasn't been exploited in the wild despite its having leaked in advance of the patch.
Editorialists urge the EU to get serious about sanctioning Russia, support for Assad in Syria being the country's most recent offense. Attacks on infrastructure by Russian operators are still widely expected. Some US officials in and around NSA and US Cyber Command hint not-so-darkly about an ability to hold Russian infrastructure at risk.