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'I know we can do better': Zuckerberg's many Facebook apologies

10 Апреля 2018

The company's CEO Zuckerberg will be meeting United States lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday to present his case.

"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.

"This was kind of an app that was being promoted during and around the election, and basically you could download this app, and then you could take this survey about different things, and then they would actually pay you", Epicosity Social Media Coordinator Skyler Crabill said.

Senator Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, said on Monday that while he believed new regulation was needed in the face of Facebook's twin scandals, he did not expect anything substantive to happen.

Zuckerberg will also testify about how Russian Federation used Facebook to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Facebook is presenting itself to lawmakers as an idealistic company that was too naive to anticipate how bad actors might exploit its platform, echoing remarks Zuckerberg made last week. On Monday, he met privately with the leaders of the Senate committees.

CONTEXT: Sean Parker, Facebook's first president, said Facebook specializes in "exploiting" human psychology and may be harming our children's brains. "We did this because the website may have misused some of your Facebook information by sharing it with a company called Cambridge Analytica", it reads.

We all know dressing right for the occasion matters.

The social media behemoth is expected on Wednesday (Tuesday US time) to notify the 87 million users worldwide whose data may have been unknowingly and "improperly" shared with the British political consulting agency. "There is simply no reason for your company to provide less than the best legal standards now available to protect the privacy of Facebook users", several USA and European groups wrote in an open letter to Facebook. The number of affected Facebook users multiplied exponentially because the app also collected data about friends, relatives and acquaintances of everyone who installed it.

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Cambridge Analytica had the idea to turn that information into a political weapon.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with Sen.

Some of the lawmakers who will be grilling the Facebook CEO have given a preview of what Zuckerberg should expect. However, he makes sure to point out that Facebook enabled positive interactions around the elections as well.

"We will continue working with the government to understand the full extent of Russian interference, and we will do our part not only to ensure the integrity of free and fair elections around the world", Zuckerberg continued.

In an email to USA Today, Wozniak said Facebook makes a lot of advertising money from personal details provided by users. Time and again in the last fortnight, Mark Zuckerberg has said he is responsible for this mess and he is sorry.

His perch atop Facebook is assured as long as he wants it, given that he remains its controlling shareholder.

That Facebook app, called "This is Your Digital Life", was a personality quiz created in 2014 by an academic researcher named Aleksander Kogan, who paid about 270,000 people to take it. Facebook also confirmed that it scans user messages for abusive links and images and acknowledged removing Zuckerberg's personal Facebook messages from other users' inboxes - an option unavailable to normal users.

The White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the administration is looking forward to his testimony.

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

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'I know we can do better': Zuckerberg's many Facebook apologies