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Mark Zuckerberg Will Tell Congress 'It Was My Mistake'

By NexChange
Capital Markets

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.
Zuckerberg then explains what happened with Cambridge Analytica and the Russian election interference and what Facebook is doing to address both. Facebook revealed last week that millions more users had their data improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica than initially thought – roughly 87 million instead of 50 million.
Among the steps the company is taking with former includes blocking app developers from accessing your data if you haven’t used their app in three months; reducing the data people turn over to app developers; and requiring developers “to sign a contract that imposes strict requirements in order to ask anyone for access to their posts or other private data.”
As for safeguarding elections, Zuckerberg says in his prepared statements that Facebook is building new technology to prevent abuse; significantly increasing its investment in security; and “cooperating with the U.S. and foreign governments on election integrity.”
Zuckerberg adds:
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.
Zuckerberg noted last week that Facebook now has 15,000 employees focused on security and content review and will have 20,000 by the end of the year.
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