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Mark Zuckerberg Will Tell Congress 'It Was My Mistake'
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will address the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, and in his prepared statements – which were made available on Monday – he will take responsibility for the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and Russian election interference, while also offering an apology for not doing enough to protect the platf0rm’s more than 2 billion users across the globe.
Zuckerberg calls Facebook “an idealistic and optimistic company” that has “focused on all the good that connecting people can bring.”
But 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, as well as developers and data privacy. 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. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.
It’s not enough to just connect people, we have to make sure those connections are positive. It’s not enough to just give people a voice, we have to make sure people aren’t using it to hurt people or spread misinformation. It’s not enough to give people control of their information, we have to make sure developers they’ve given it to are protecting it too. Across the board, we have a responsibility to not just build tools, but to make sure those tools are used for good.