Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

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

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

The testimony is Mr. Zuckerberg's first public appearance in front of lawmakers and is considered by many to be the most important test of his career since a 2012 initial public offering helped catapult Facebook into one of the world's more valuable and powerful companies. The company doesn't have logs going back that far, he said, so it can't know exactly how many people may have been affected. The testimony to the Congress lawmakers is hence supposed to repose confidence in Facebook as well as fix Zuckerberg's personal reputation as he is the face of Facebook.

Zuckerberg is set to testify in Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The app vacuumed up not just the data of the people who took it, but also - thanks to Facebook's loose restrictions - data from their friends, too, including details that they hadn't meant to share publicly.

What's Zuckerberg going to say?

"We already have a tool to do this in your privacy settings, and now we will put this tool at the top of your News Feed to make sure everyone sees it", said Mark Zuckerberg on his Facebook page.

"We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake", he said in prepared remarks released by the House energy and commerce committee on Monday. "It was my mistake, and I'm sorry".

Facebook Inc (FB.O) has often angered users by its handling of personal information.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg waits in the office lobby of Sen.

A senior Senate GOP aide helping organize the joint Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Commerce Committee hearing told Breitbart News that it is standard practice not to swear witnesses like this in under oath.

Since 2016, Facebook has faced an array of controversies related to its platform.

The Menlo Park, Calif., firm also unveiled a proposal to support academics who are researching the role that social media plays in democratic elections, including an independent peer-review process to oversee how scholars access "privacy-protected" data about Facebook users.

"Meantime, we still don't know what Cambridge Analytica and other third parties have done with the data they collected".

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"In all of these areas", she added, "there are the good cases for sharing data, and I think we were very idealistic and not rigorous enough, and then there's the possible misuse".

US lawmakers have discussed legislation that would strengthen data privacy protections and enforcement.

Get ready to find out if your Facebook data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. It'll show you which third-party application was used to get your data, and it'll give you an option to "see how you're affected".

Last week, Zuckerberg admitted making a "huge mistake" as personal data of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, a figure higher than the previous estimate of 50 million.

Zuckerberg, however, has been apologizing for not doing better on privacy for 11 years.

One prominent tech leader, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, announced meanwhile that he was leaving the social network.

Although Zuckerberg will likely continue to blame "bad actors" misusing the platform, it will be hard to deflect questions about Facebook's core business model of continually tracking and monetising individuals and their relationships.

To ease the way, Zuckerberg on Monday met some lawmakers privately, listening to their concerns before they will have a chance to interrogate him in public.

Zuckerberg's full testimony is below.

The first hearing kicks off Tuesday at 2:15 pm ET, and Business Insider will be in attendance and covering it live. You can also follow along live by watching government livestreams of the events.

Zuckerberg also plans to highlight new restrictions that Facebook has created for political advertisers.

The House hearing on Wednesday will also air on C-SPAN.

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