Facebook CEO apologises for data misuse

Washington, April 10: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Congress in written testimony on Monday that he is “responsible for” not preventing the social media platform from being used for harm, including fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech.
“We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility and that was a big mistake,” Xinhua quoted Zuckerburg as saying in a prepared testimony released by the US House Energy and Commerce Committee.
“It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it and I’m responsible for what happens here,” he said in the remarks he is expected to deliver in a hearing on Wednesday.
His apology came after Facebook is embroiled in a widening scandal that a British data firm called Cambridge Alytica had improperly gathered detailed Facebook information on 87 million users, up from a previous estimate of more than 50 million.
Also, Facebook revealed on Wednesday that outsiders took advantage of search tools on its platform, making it possible for them to collect persol information on most of its 2 billion users worldwide without the users’ explicit permission.
This was Zuckerberg’s latest apology for the persol data leak and he vowed to plug the vulnerabilities while attempting to defend himself by listing the company’s measures to protect user privacy in past years. IANS