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Zuckerberg ditches T-shirt, apologizes for Facebook mistakes

10 April 2018, 07:32 | Kristen Gross

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Zuckerberg delivers a keynote during the Facebook f8 Developer Conference at the San Francisco Design Center in San Francisco in this file

"I just met one-on-one with Zuckerberg and in no uncertain terms reminded him that Facebook has a responsibility to its users to protect our personal data".

His conciliatory tone precedes two days of congressional hearings where Zuckerberg is set to answer questions about Facebook user data being improperly appropriated by a political consultancy and the role the network played in the US 2016 election.

In one update last week, Facebook upped the estimate for the number of people whose data may have been accessed by Cambridge Analytica and revealed that "most people on Facebook" may have had their public profile information scraped by malicious actors.

The 33-year-old internet mogul is scheduled to appear at 2:15 p.m. local time before a joint hearing of the U.S. Senate's Commerce and Judiciary committees.

It might be the start of a whole new week, but the ongoing Facebook privacy scandal is showing no sign of cooling off. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying before Congress tomorrow, but before that kicks off, Facebook will finally be notifying users who had their data stolen by Cambridge Analytica.

As the Facebook scandal over Cambridge Analytica's misuse of the personal data of millions of users continues to unfold, Facebook is suspending another data analytics firm over similar allegations.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed contrition for allowing third-party apps to grab the data of its users without their permission and for being "too slow to spot and respond to Russian interference" during the USA election, according to his prepared remarks published by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Zuckerberg did not respond to questions as he entered and left a meeting with Senator Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leaves the office of Sen.

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

Last week, Facebook backed proposed legislation known as the "Honest Ads Act", which would require social network sites to disclose the identities of political ad campaign buyers, as well as implement a verification process for people purchasing so-called "issue" ads, which could exploit divisive subjects such as gun laws or racism.

But Facebook's latest PR effort may still prove to be too little, too late.

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

When is Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress? Facebook's Archibong told CNBC that the company is asking United Kingdom authorities to request information about "the development of apps in general by its Psychometrics Centre given this case and the misuse by [Aleksandr] Kogan", the professor who developed the Cambridge Analytica quiz.

"For most of our existence, we focused on all the good that connecting people can bring", Zuckerberg's planned testimony says. Then came questions about Russian meddling, and reports that Russians targeted Facebook users with political ads. Facebook also announced that it has banned another data analytics firm called CubeYou for improper handling of users' data that they received from personality quizzes.

The notice comes as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to face US Congress over the social network's involvement in the 2016 election and its connections to Russian Federation.

To make matters worse, there has been a steady drip of damaging revelations about the company in the days leading up to Zuckerberg's testimony.



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