Zuckerberg apologizes for misusing Facebook user data, vows to improve
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters): Social media giants’ CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for mistakes Facebook made in handling data of its users and guaranteed to restrict developers’ access to such information.
Zukerberg is assuring government scrutiny in Europe and the United States about a whistleblower’s allegations that Cambridge Analytica, London-based political consultancy, illegally accessed user information to build profiles on American voters helping to elect U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016.
W hile giving interview to CNN, Zuckerberg said that it was a major breach of trust. I’m really sorry this happened. We have a basic responsibility to protect people’s data breaking a public silence since the scandal erupted at the weekend.
He said the social network planned to conduct an investigation of thousands of apps that have used Facebook’s platform, restrict developer access to data, and give members a tool that lets them to disable access to their Facebook data more easily.
“I’m not sure we shouldn’t be regulated. I actually think the question is more what is the right regulation rather than yes or no, should it be regulated? People should know who is buying the ads that they see on Facebook”, he told to CNN
Zuckerberg said he was open to additional government regulation and happy to testify before the U.S. Congress if he was the right person
Zuckerberg said Facebook was committed to stopping interference in the U.S. midterm election in November and elections in India and Brazil.
Zuckerberg’s followers replied with praise for the good that Facebook has done for them and praised him for his decision