Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress in wake of controversy

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress in wake of controversy

Probably taking this into account was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who recently apologised for the scandal surrounding the misuse of its user data, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica saga.

Sure enough, Facebook has suspended another data analytics firm, New York-based CubeYou, which also used personality quizzes, while it conducts an audit.

"We didnt take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake".

"For conservatives like me", Eric Wilson, Marco Rubio's 2016 presidential campaign digital director and founder of, recently wrote in a Politico op-ed, "it's not easy to call for increased regulation and antitrust enforcement, but Facebook has shown time and again that its leaders, including Mark Zuckerberg himself, aren't capable of responsibly wielding their enormous power and influence in Americans' lives".

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson said new legislation is needed to regulate Facebook's handling of user data. On Tuesday, he will appear before a joint hearing of two Senate committees, while on Wednesday the 33-year-old exec will be grilled by a House committee. They require companies to get informed consent to collect data, and for each type of use for the information.

Zuckerberg said his top priority has always been his social mission of connecting people, building community and bringing the world closer together.

To ease the way, Zuckerberg on Monday met some lawmakers privately, listening to their concerns before they will have a chance to interrogate him in public.

In a testimony released yesterday on the eve of his first Congressional appearance, Zuckerberg accepts responsibility for the social networks failure to protect private data of its 87 million users and prevent manipulation of the platform.

But there's plenty the Facebook CEO hasn't yet explained.

Zuckerberg said the change will mean "we will hire thousands of more people" to get the new system in place ahead of U.S. midterm elections in November.

Facebook has said that as many as 146 million people may have received information from a Russian agency that's accused of orchestrating much of the cyber meddling in the election.

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"We will do our part not only to ensure the integrity of free and fair elections around the world, but also to give everyone a voice and to be a force for good in democracy everywhere".

Zuckerberg will provide testimony and address all matters related to the data incident.

Mark Zuckerberg would like you to know one thing - Facebook messed up.

Zuckerberg pledged to limit the information the platform developers can access and they have to get users' approval.

"My personal opinion of him was he was forthright and honest to the degree that he could".

"Your household, typically what your job is, it lumps you into different technology tiers as well, whether you're an early adapter or somebody that comes to it late", he said.

In the past, tech leaders have avoided personally showing up for Congressional hearings.

"I believe he understands that regulation could be right around the corner", Nelson said.

He did so again on Monday in written testimony to U.S. Congress, and will likely repeat that on Tuesday and Wednesday as he faces congressional committees looking into Facebook's management and protection of user data. He called the social media platform an "idealistic and optimistic company", noting that attitude contributed to Facebook missing the signs of abuse.

"In consultation with the foundations funding the initiative, Facebook will invite respected academic experts to form a commission which will then develop a research agenda about the impact of social media on society - starting with elections", a company statement said.

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