Published: Tue, April 10, 2018

Facebook privacy crisis my fault - Zuckerberg

Facebook privacy crisis my fault - Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will apologize for his company's role in a data privacy scandal and foreign interference in the 2016 elections when he appears before Congress this week, saying the social network "didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility", according to prepared remarks released today.

The notice comes as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to face US Congress over the social network's involvement in the 2016 election and its connections to Russian Federation. "Advertisers and developers will never take priority over that as long as I'm running Facebook".

"For conservatives like me", Eric Wilson, Marco Rubio's 2016 presidential campaign digital director and founder of LearnTestOptimize.com, recently wrote in a Politico op-ed, "it's not easy to call for increased regulation and antitrust enforcement, but Facebook has shown time and again that its leaders, including Mark Zuckerberg himself, aren't capable of responsibly wielding their vast power and influence in Americans' lives".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be in the hot seat Tuesday to testify before lawmakers over the recent privacy leak scandal that may have affected millions of people.

On Monday, the social media giant began rolling out a "see how you're affected" tool at the top of News Feeds to inform users if they're among the tens of millions of people who had their data improperly harvested by Cambridge Analytica.

Cambridge Analytica Accused Of Collecting Personal Information From Facebook Users. Facebook said it was still auditing CubeYou, which is based in Redwood City, Calif., but believed it could suspend as many as 50 apps from the company. "Protecting our community is more important than maximizing our profits", he said. It also suspended the Canadian firm AggregateIQ over apparent collaboration with Cambridge Analytica.

Zuckerberg is also expected to be asked about Russia's use of US social media during the 2016 elections - a subject of several congressional investigations and special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference.

Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook in his Harvard University dorm room in 2004, is fighting to demonstrate to critics that he is the right person to go on leading what has grown into one of the world's largest companies. Eastern Time, however, there were no signs that any users have yet received that notification or a more general one Facebook said it would direct to everyone on its service.


This is at the core of a lot of questions Zuckerberg can expect. Dianne Feinstein after meeting with Feinstein on Capitol Hill on April 9, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Eshoo, who's on the House and Energy Committee, will get her chance to question Zuckerberg on Wednesday, a day after his scheduled appearance before a joint session of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees.

It remains to be seen if lawmakers will be convinced.

Reeling from its worst privacy crisis in history - allegations that this Trump-affiliated data mining firm may have used ill-gotten user data to try to influence elections - Facebook is in full damage-control mode.

But for those that don't want to part ways with the platform, News4's Lindsay Bramson talked with a security expert to find out other things you can do now to protect your information and privacy online. Does that mean regulation?

The government will soon finalize the action to be taken in the Facebook data breach case. The senator is more concerned immediately about data getting into the hands of people who intend to do harm.

Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat, told MSNBC that the Federal Communications Commission should be involved in Facebook regulation.

Mr Zuckerberg's main task may be to persuade members of Congress and millions of Facebook users that their information will be safe on the platform.

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