Senate Committee To Question Facebook CEO About Privacy Scandal

Senate Committee To Question Facebook CEO About Privacy Scandal

Separately, the company also began alerting users that their data was gathered by Cambridge Analytica. "Between those three elections, we were able to proactively remove tens of thousands of accounts before they could do significant harm", he said.

Zuckerberg also said that he was "sorry" that Facebook did not take a "broad enough view" of the responsibility when their platform was being used for circulating fake news and was becoming a tool for foreign interference in elections. "I'm going to suggest to you that you go back home and rewrite it". The 42 senators who sat on the joint committee served as the mouthpiece for many of these questions on Tuesday, pressing Zuckerberg on how the company would rectify its past mistakes and how they, as lawmakers, should act to prevent them from happening again.

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

If [a version of Facebook will always be free], how do you sustain a business model in which users don't pay for your service?

On the top of the news feed, users will see a notification indicating their data was "misused". But he conceded that pushing for more regulation could actually end up benefiting big companies like Facebook, possibly at the expense of the next Facebook.

Facebook is now "getting to the bottom" of what Cambridge Analytica did and investigating tens of thousands of apps, Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg, 33, was called to testify after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign. We made a mistake by not doing so.

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"Recently U.N. investigators blamed Facebook for playing a role in inciting possible genocide in Myanmar, and there has been genocide there", Leahy said.

Behind the scenes, Zuckerberg and his team did mock hearings over the past week in a conference room at Facebook set up to look like a congressional hearing room.

And, of course, it was something that was picked up on by social media. "What do we tell our constituents, given what's happened here, why we should let you self-regulate?" Sen. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham asked.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, asked Zuckerberg if he would be willing to work with lawmakers to examine what "regulations you think are necessary in your industry". We, the Congress. How can American consumers trust folks like your company to be caretakers of their most personal and identifiable information?

Dozens of cardboard cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are seen during an Avaaz.org protest outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2018. "What do they know about my children and my grandchildren?" said a woman who identified herself as Alison.

He added that the Judiciary Committee "will hold a separate hearing exploring Cambridge and other data privacy issues".

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