'Facebook didn't do enough': Zuckerberg admits he's at fault over Cambridge Analytica

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Facebook Inc chief executive Mark Zuckerberg swapped his trademark T-shirt and jeans for a dark suit and a purple tie on Monday as he met United States lawmakers to apologise for the social network's misuse of its members' data and to head off possible regulation.

Zuckerberg is also ready to take more questions about the use of Facebook by Russian operatives to manipulate the 2016 us presidential election. After the Senate hearing on Tuesday, Zuckerberg will return to the Capitol on Wednesday for another hearing on the other side of Capitol Hill before the House Commtitee on Energy and Commerce.

Facebook hired several outside consultants to help coach Zuckerberg, even holding mock sessions to prepare him for questions from lawmakers. Stucke, for instance, said a much stronger move would be for Facebook to fold U.S. users into the more stringent data protections the European Union will impose on internet companies starting May 25. "The company really is at a moment of reckoning", he told NPR.

But it's clear now, he says, that Facebook didn't do enough to prevent harm, including fake news, Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, hate speech and privacy violations. On the other, Zuckerberg has repeatedly said he's sorry for offenses against his users' privacy because his business model contradicts his self-righteous public posture. It was a way of arguing that Facebook was not responsible for the user-created content on the site. The social network has faced serious scrutiny following the 2016 USA presidential election, in which Russian operatives used the platform to peddle fake news and disinformation.

In his written testimony, Zuckerberg described how the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained personal information about millions of Facebook users through a Cambridge University researcher who had extracted those details through a personality quiz app.

Edwards has no plans to independently investigate privacy breaches by Cambridge Analytica in New Zealand.

If you've been closely watching the company, or Zuckerberg's recent apology tour, then much of the 2,800-word statement won't be all that surprising.




Around 87 million users of the social network are expected to receive a message to their Facebook accounts alerting them to whether their data was misused by the firm.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg will strike a conciliatory tone on Tuesday in testimony before Congress in an attempt to blunt possible regulatory fallout from the privacy scandal engulfing his social network. Nelson and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune asked Zuckerberg to testify to "restore lost trust" in the company.

QUESTION: Facebook has made connecting with others and sharing information dead simple. "We need a set of privacy rules for the entire internet ecosystem", Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican representative running for Senate, wrote on Twitter.

When is Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress? Cambridge Analytica is one example of how a malicious actor used Facebook's third-party data consent to sweep up tens of millions of records, but experts agree that it's not going to be the only case that comes to light.

The controversy represents "the darkest chapter in Facebook's 14-year history", GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a research note.

"Our goals are to understand Facebook's impact on upcoming elections - like Brazil, India, Mexico and the USA midterms - and to inform our future product and policy decisions", Facebook executives said in a blog post.

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