Facebook chief apologises to US Congress over Cambridge Analytica scandal
Washington (Reuters): Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has apologised to the US Congress and accepts responsibility over the Cambridge Analytica scandal for “not doing enough” to protect its users’ personal data being misused.
In a testimony released yesterday on the eve of his first Congressional appearance, Zuckerberg accepts responsibility for the social network’s failure to protect private data of its 87 million users and prevent manipulation of the platform.
“We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry,” Zuckerberg said in his written testimony released by a House of Representatives panel. “I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.” “It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech,” Zuckerberg said.
Zuckerberg spoke with lawmakers Monday, a day before he is scheduled to testify before the combined Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees Tuesday and the House Commerce committee Wednesday.
“Not only did they fail to safeguard the personal information of millions of users, they concealed it from us – and this is not the first time the company mishandled user information.
Zuckerberg has recently announced several initiatives to better secure user information and prevent misuse of the network. The latest: an election research committee, including independent researchers who will assist Facebook in rooting out weaknesses.