Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Zuckerberg tells lawmakers 'I'm sorry' for data abuses

US Defense Secretary James Mattis Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Pentagon Comptroller David Norquist testify before the House Armed Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill Zuckerberg tells lawmakers 'I'm sorry' for data abuses
Theresa Hayes | 11 April, 2018, 17:08

"We have made a lot of mistakes in running the company", Zuckerberg conceded, and Facebook must work harder at ensuring the tools it creates are used in "good and healthy" ways.

"2018 is an incredibly important year for elections not just with the U.S. midterms, but around the world". Still photographers trained their lenses on him while 44 senators prepared to pepper him with tough questions.

Zuckerberg said it was "clearly a mistake" to believe the data-mining company had deleted user data it had harvested in an attempt to sway elections, AP reported.

"So this is an arms race", he said, adding that it was important to invest in the ability of Facebook to stop foreign attempts to alter elections. As Congress and Zuckerberg discuss taking steps to potentially regulate Facebook users' right to privacy and ownership of their own data, Zuckerberg has stated again and again that he plans to cooperate and that he is not opposed to "smart" regulation.

There are some questions that seem to leave even Zuckerberg perplexed.

Zuckerberg accepted that the company did not do enough to prevent the platform from being used to harm others.

"I would imagine probably most people do not read the whole thing", Zuckerberg said.

In his first-ever USA congressional appearance, Zuckerberg said "there are people in Russian Federation whose job it is to try to exploit our systems and other internet systems".

Zuckerberg's rhetoric during questioning was steadfast in continuing to characterize Facebook as a platform for the people.

Facebook is facing questions following reports that research firm Cambridge Analytica improperly gained access to the personal data of as many as 87 million Facebook users.

It made people think about just how lucky some of them are. It's not enough to give people a voice. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT, on Facebook being lied to by Cambridge Analytica:What happened here was willful blindness. He only spoke of the "conversation in company at the time", and the ultimate outcome, which was to ban Cambridge Analytica from the platform.

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Didn't they deserve to know? When Cook was asked in a recent interview with Recode about what he would do if in a position similar to Zuckerberg, he replied, "I wouldn't be in this situation".

"I want to make sure in an open session I don't reveal something that's confidential", he said.

Perhaps the closet the committee got to landing a blow on "Zuck" was when Senator Dick Durbin asked about his most recent night's sleep. This is the type of content I'm referring to.

Zuckerberg answered "yes" when asked if Facebook had been served any subpoenas from Mueller. Before then, "the system basically worked as its was designed", he said.