WASHINGTON- Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told Congress on Monday that the social media network could have done more to prevent itself and its members’ data being misused and offered a broad apology to lawmakers.
Zuckerberg is testifying for two days in the Congressional hearings, is set to answer questions about Facebook user data being improperly used by a political consultancy Cambridge Analytic and the role the network played in the US 2016 election.
His remarks released by the US House Energy and Commerce Committee on Monday, he said, “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake,”
He added, “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”
Surrounded by tough security he met with lawmakers in Capitol Hill on Monday ahead of his expected appearance in two Congressional committees on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Top of the agenda is how personal information of up to 87 million users, mostly in the America may have been improperly shared and used by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
Zuckerberg testimony continued,he said, “It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm…”
“That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy.”
Democratic Senator Ed Markey wrote on Twitter on Friday, “A day of reckoning is coming for websites like @facebook,”
“We need a privacy bill of rights that all Americans can rely upon.”
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