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Facebook CEO apologizes for data misuse in prepared testimony to Congress

Facebook CEO apologizes for data misuse in prepared testimony to Congress
He is "responsible for" not preventing the social media platform Facebook from being made use of for harming people including spreading of fake news, hate speech and foreign interference in elections, said CEO mark Zuckerberg ion a written testimony to the U.S. Congress on Monday.
"We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake," he said in the written and previously prepared testimony that was later released by the U.S. 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 which he is expected to be delivering in a hearing on Wednesday.
It was just last month that the latest allegations against Facebook cropped up after revelation of the using of personal data of at least 50 million Facebook users by a British data firm called Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections to influence the voters digitally. The number was later increased to over 87 million users. It is alleged that the firm had initially bought the data from a professor who had gathered the data from Facebook users with their consent and according to Facebook privacy policies for an academic purpose.
Outsiders and third parties had taken advantage of the search tools on Facebook, the social media company announced on Wednesday. This made it possible for such third parties to gather personal information about many of the 2 billion users worldwide without taking nay explicit permission from the users.
This was the latest apology that Zuckerberg has issued ever since the data usage scandal broke out. The CEO has also promised to stop the vulnerabilities. He also attempted to defend himself and the company as he provided a list of measures that the company is taking to safeguard the privacy of users and what the company had in the previous years to achieve that.
In 2014, the entire platform of Facebook was changed to "dramatically limit the Facebook information apps could access", he said.
Additionally, the Cambridge University researcher who given away the personal data of the Facebook users that he had collected to Cambridge Analytica - Aleksandr Kogan, was banned from using Facebook data in 2015. Abd according to Zuckerberg both the professor and Cambridge Analytica had certified that "they had deleted all improperly acquired data."
But the reasons of Cambridge Analytica still managing to misuse the personal data later on were not explained by him.
Zuckerberg has also promised put a limit on the information third party developers would be able to access from the platform and that such third party developers would also have to obtain prior permission from Facebook for doing so.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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