'My mistake, I'm sorry': Zuckerberg testimony to Congress

Apr 10, 2018, 19:14
'My mistake, I'm sorry': Zuckerberg testimony to Congress

Facebook has also suspended two more apps in recent days because they might have misused people's data, adding to a growing list of firms being investigated by the social media company.

"That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy", he said.

That crisis has since snowballed into a broader scandal over Facebook's approach to privacy and use of user data, with the controversy heightened by the leak of a memo written by a company exec in which they defended growth at any cost, even if people died (Zuckerberg has since said he strongly disagreed with the memo). "It was my mistake, and I'm sorry".

For months, lawmakers have been fuming about reports that 126 million Facebook users saw content generated by the "Internet Research Agency", the shadowy Kremlin propaganda organization charged earlier this year with waging "information warfare" against the U.S.by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before a joint hearing of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees. Mark R. Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told WVTF Virginia Public Radio recently. In case a user's profile was obtained by Cambridge Analytica, the notification will tell him/her how Facebook has banned a site called "This Is Your Digital Life", as it shared the user's data without his/her consent with Cambridge Analytica.

Others are weighing in with what they hope the Congressional committees will ask the Facebook CEO this week.

He is also expected to be asked about Russia's use of social media during the 2016 USA elections.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook says the social media giant was "too slow to spot Russian interference" and the company is working hard to make sure a breach like this doesn't happen again. He also said Facebook should have done more.

"We will do our part not only to ensure the integrity of free and fair elections around the world, but also to give everyone a voice and to be a force for good in democracy everywhere", he said.

Ahead of this week's hearings, Zuckerberg has met with lawmakers and done news interviews in which he apologized for how Facebook handled these two problems.

The apology tour is a shift for Zuckerberg, who said in 2016 that it was "crazy" to suggest Facebook influenced the election before regretting the sentiment.

Sandberg told Today's Savannah Guthrie that given Facebook's ad-driven business model, you can't now avoid data mining of your public profile information.

Facebook has taken a series of proactive steps to make up for massive lapses in protecting user data, as lawmakers signaled they intend to get tough on privacy.

"My personal opinion of him was he was forthright and honest to the degree that he could". Mr. Zuckerberg is nearly sure to be asked why it took a whistleblower to reveal the problem.

Federal law, he said, hasn't kept pace with the still-emerging technology, he said.

"I believe he understands that regulation could be right around the corner", Nelson said.

As Zuckerberg, clad in a suit and dark blue tie instead of his usual tee-shirt, made the rounds Monday for more than five hours - each meeting lasting well over an hour and one lasting almost two - the House Energy and Commerce Committee released his opening statement far ahead of his Wednesday appearance there.

Anything that would lead to fewer people signing up to Facebook, or those already signed up using it less or deleting their accounts, would hurt the company's books.

He said the commission will work with foundations across the U.S.to set up a committee of academic experts who will come up with research topics and select independent researchers to study them.